Sorry, folks. Our fair Diane Clehane is taking the day off, but Lunch will be back next week. (Hmm, wonder who got her usual perch at Michael’s?)
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Diane Clehane, “lunch” columnist for our sister site FishbowlNY, caught up recently at Michael’s restaurant with stand-up comedian Sinbad. Thanks to a new reality show debuting Tuesday April 12th on WEtv, he’s set for his biggest media splash since competing on the third season of Celebrity Apprentice.
“Brett Michaels was a baby and Sharon Osbourne has the filthiest mouth of any woman I’ve ever met,” he recalled about his experiences on the Donald Trump extravaganza. “She faked being sick just so she could miss being project manager for the first three weeks.”
Last week, we were so excited about Marie Claire‘s new publisher, Nancy Berger Cardone, we completely missed this interview on mediabistro.com with the women’s magazine’s fashion director, Nina Garcia.
Garcia talked to FishbowlNY contributor and Lunch columnist Diane Clehane about juggling Project Runway and her fashion director responsibilities, leaving Elle for Marie Claire back in 2008, and advice for aspiring magazine fashionistas.
Our favorite quotes, after the jump
Here’s some Revolving Door news that’s close to home.
FishbowlNY’s own Diane Clehane, who so expertly covers the comings and goings of the media playground at Michael’s every Wednesday, will now also be covering the comings and goings of the playground set as a Mommy blogger for women’s site BettyConfidential.com.
Clehane, who has been blogging about parenting for Westchester magazine for the past year, has just started writing a weekly column called “Postcards from Mommywood” for BettyConfidential. (Of course she’ll still continue to report on the happenings at Michael’s here.) “Ever since I adopted my daughter Madeline from China in 2005 I’ve found that motherhood is an unending source of material!” Clehane told us.
“When I’m not covering the ‘grown ups’ at Michael’s, I spend most of my time navigating the perils and pleasures of raising a preschooler and it’s been a wild juggling act.”
In her first column, Clehane rants about bratty kids who misbehave in public and the parents who can’t control them. We wonder if she’s ever had the urge to write the same things about the regulars at Michael’s.
The Australian editor and special judge on Bravo’s “Project Runway” spin-off “The Fashion Show” spoke about the challenges of her unique job including celebrity wrangling and conceptualizing the special features that get the magazine noticed, like last year’s photo feature with Tyra Banks as Michelle Obama.
Have favorite part of the job? “It’s basically being able to make what is seemingly an untenable idea or a fantastical idea a reality — to have a light bulb go on over your head like, ‘How about Tyra [Banks] as Michelle Obama?’ and then having that happen,” she said. “I feel like a little girl from Sydney when I do those things like, ‘Wow, look at that!’”
Getting into the details of how the Tyra/Michelle piece came about, Brown said:
“Obviously, the election was on everyone’s mind. I just said to [Tyra], ‘Why don’t we do this?’ We have one pop cultural icon who is paying homage to a woman who is about to become first lady and is clearly an icon herself.’ She got it straight away. She had no hesitation whatsoever. We shot this months before the election, and we imagined the White House with the family. If we get one point for prescience, we’ll take it…She was great. We got so much press. There were people who loved it — and then there were some people from Harvard who couldn’t believe we put a Harvard sweatshirt on Tyra and thought it was outrageous. I love doing that kind of stuff when you get a reaction from people. That’s the point — you don’t shoot stories to have them die.”
Read on for Brown’s take on which celebrities sell best today and some inspiring advice for magazine writers.
Larry Kramer Tells Laurel at Michael’s: ‘We Need a New Generation of Storytellers’ – Watch the Video!
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Pictured above, Jack Rotherham of Metacafe.
Watch now: mediabistro.com founder Laurel Touby talks shop with Magid’s Mike Vorhaus, Polaris Ventures’ Larry Kramer, and Metacafe’s Jack Rotherham during lunch at Michael’s on 55th and Fifth (Part One).
— LAUREL TOUBY
While Diane Clehane has her Lunch at Michael’s column, mine will be the redux version. I was sitting at Table 24, the very back of the room, just on the borderline of Siberia (aka the Garden Room). I had the pleasure of three men’s company (Jon Fine is home sick; sorry, Jon!). Mike Vorhaus, a consultant with Magid, Larry Kramer, uber media guru at Polaris Ventures (formerly with MarketWatch.com) and Jack Rotherham, senior vice president of Metacafe.
We had a wide-ranging discussion about journalism, media people, video, business models on the Web and more. Find out what we learned, and check out more video after the jump:
FBNY’s Diane Clehane interviewed Vogue‘s Sally Singer for a ‘So What Do You Do?’ feature currently running on mediabistro.com’s homepage. In it Singer responds to Cathy Horyn‘s NYT recent piece bemoaning the lack of relevance at Vogue:
I was in India when Cathy’s piece came out, so I didn’t read it at the time; I can’t comment directly on what she said, but I obviously disagree wholly with that. When I started at American Vogue, Style.com hadn’t even started. There’s now far more information in the world about fashion. You couldn’t know the name of the 14-year-old Eastern bloc model the day after she appeared in the Prada show, unless you were at the show. When I was at New York and you had to shoot a look from Ann Demeulemeester, you had to go to the showroom, put the pieces together, and Polaroid them. There wasn’t even a look book, let alone a Web site to show you how it was worn. It’s changed completely. Anyone who is interested in clothes right now knows the clothes almost as soon as I do. That changes the way you report on clothes and changes the way you show clothes. It makes what we do more relevant than ever, because you actually need someone to edit it down for you. You need people now not to tell you what was at Prada, but to tell you why it was at Prada and how you’re going to wear it. American Vogue is very good at explaining to American women — and by extension, women around the world who want to dress like American women — why they should wear what they wear, and how they should wear it.
Well, sort of, anyway (we can dream!). In this week’s New York profile of the gossip doyenne Liz Smith is lunching at (where else) Michael’s with magazine scribe Jonathan Van Meter when she spots our very own Diane Clehane:
Smith points out a woman sitting at the bar right now who in about an hour will post a blog about who was at Michael’s today, just as she does every week. For Smith, reporting on lunch at Michael’s in her column would be pointless. But the old broad still has clout, especially with this crowd. “My column has become more historical, more philosophical,” she says. “I feel like I am a recording angel.” People like Barry Diller, Les Moonves, and even Smith herself are starting to think about their legacies. “The thing about people who last long enough to make a real impact, like I have,” she says, “is that you finally have to learn to live with the image you’ve created. It’s your legend. You don’t have to agree with everything said about you, but you can’t really quarrel with the cumulative thing.”
China may just be a backdrop (and a ratings cash cow) for NBC, but you will no doubt be completely unsurprised to learn that there is a huge multi-faceted country behind the quick eye-pleasing blurbs that fill up airtime between Phelps events. With that in mind we point you to our own Diane Clehane who is sharing, in a Vanity Fair web exclusive, her own very personal, very moving (seriously, you should read, and NBC should take note) story about her and her husband’s experience adopting their daughter Madeline from China three years ago. In the piece she also talks — as well as, solicits advice from other parents like Sherrie Westin and Susan Zirinsky who’ve been through similar experiences — about how she is beginning to explain Madeline’s history to her. And for those of you to whom the drawing looks familiar it was fashioned by none other than Tim Bower, he of VF‘s McCain satire fame. Here’s a peek:
Madeline became our daughter in a conference room at the Gloria Plaza Hotel in Nanchang on the night of November 10, 2005. I’ll never forget those anxious last minutes spent waiting in our hotel room for the all-important call. Our lost luggage had been retrieved moments before we were summoned downstairs. I had been frantic because we’d been instructed to wear “nice clothes” for the appointment with the orphanage officials when we’d get our child. All we had were our soaking wet jeans we’d put on at six a.m. that morning when we’d left Beijing in the pouring rain.
Academy Awards show producer Gil Cates has done such a good job of keeping his plans for an ‘alternate’ broadcast should the writer’s strike remain unresolved come February 24, that even Academy insiders who would ordinarily be gearing up for the big night by now are still in the dark. Tom Julian, who oversees fashion commentary on Oscar.com says he’s received no word on what to do with the usually all-encompassing fashion coverage that typically kicks into high gear come Fashion Week, should there be no red carpet runway: