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Barbara Walters, Joe Kernen and One Republican’s Response to the Debate

1003_mockup.gifAfter last week’s head-spinning scene where real-life democrats took campaign advice from fictional politicians (Chris Noth, you’ve got my vote), I thought I’d pretty much covered the landscape of presidential politics among the Wednesday Michael’s crowd. Nothing doing. Before I could settle in for my lunch with PR maven Leslie Stevens and cosmetics entrepreneur Patti Pao, CNBC’s Joe Kernen called me over to meet Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin who was on the air with Joe earlier today deconstructing last night’s debates (We suggest a whip and a chair for the moderator of next week’s match-up) and is scheduled to appear on Sean Hannity‘s broadcast on Fox this evening.

The guys told me they were looking for “equal time,” since last week’s column was all about the democratic point of view. I’m always happy to chat with Joe whose fabulously smart 12-year-old daughter, Blake Kernen is one of my favorite young writers.  Not surprisingly, Senator Johnson told me he thought Mitt Romney won the debate hands down. “He shattered the caricature (the Obama campaign) has been pushing. It’s hard to paint that picture when (Romney) came out so strong and showed such a command of the issues. He  offered the specifics that Obama did not. Last night did nothing to stop the momentum (Romney) has been gathering.” He also called out the president for being “purposely misleading” on Libya.  While the senator admitted the president was “a little more energetic” he concluded, “He’s got nothing.”

Senator Johnson, who predicts it’s going to be a ”close election,” says Vice President Joe Biden‘s “rude” performance during his debate with Representative Paul Ryan had a lingering negative effect on the president’s favorable ratings and pointed to CNN’s recent poll which showed most viewers gave last night’s segment on the economy to Romney as an indication that the republican challenger is winning on the issue voters care most about. “In both debates, Romney showed that he can work with the other side. Americans have to ask themselves, ‘Do we want four more years of gridlock and a president who doesn’t know how to lead?”

Leslie Stevens, David Patrick Columbia, Patti Pao and Diane Clehane

Things lightened up considerably when I joined Leslie and Patti at our table to talk about the launch of Patti’s new skincare line Restorsea, which debuted at Bergdorf Goodman on Monday. Smart, savvy and absolutely passionate about skincare, Patti has built an impressive track record in the beauty business with stints at Avon and Elizabeth Arden. The Harvard Business School graduate introduced glycolic acid to the beauty industry and made Avon’s Anew the industry standard that is today.

She has continued to search out the latest innovations for the luxury market in her own consulting firm Pao Principle which she launched in 2005. Utilizing her deep ties to China, Patti created a survey asking 353 billionaires in the country (yes, you read that right) questions relating to handbags and fine jewelry. Doing so created a much sought after database when the survey findings made The New York Times, Women’s Wear Daily, Forbes and Fortune. That stroke of marketing genius branded her LVMH’s luxury expert, and she picked up three clients in Norway which turned out to be a fateful turn of events.

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Fairchild Launching Print Version of Style.com

According to Adweek, Fairchild Fashion Group – in an effort to increase its consumer presence – is launching a print version of its website, style.com.

Peter Kaplan, Editorial Director at Fairchild, and Dirk Standen, Style.com’s Editor-in-Chief, are now prepping the magazine for a fourth quarter launch.

Launching the print venture is the (sort of) easy part, making it successful, that’s another story. But apparently Fairchild feels confident that the Style.com brand will carry it through. One piece of advice: Put Kim Kardashian on the cover of every issue. Like her or not, that woman moves print.

WWD Set To Take Over Jewelry Trade Pub JCK

JCK_December_Cover_2009.jpgReed Business Information has been trying to sell off part of its U.S. business, and today it looks like it has entered into a partnership with Condé Nast-owned Fairchild Fashion Group regarding its jewelry industry trade magazine JCK.

In a memo sent to RBI staffers today, obtained by FishbowlNY, RBI CEO John Poulin told staffers that the new licensing agreement will allow Fairchild’s fashion trade Women’s Wear Daily to take over operations at JCK, resulting in a new magazine, WWD/JCK Magazine. Fairchild will now start interviewing JCK staffers for positions on the new mag, with the transition set to wrap up by March, Poulin said.

Poulin’s full memo, after the jump

Previously: Reed Elsevier To Sell Part Of U.S. Business, RBI Sells Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TWICE

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Fairchild Gets New CRO

howard.pngDays after Fairchild Fashion Group CEO Richard Beckman announced his first appointment to the Conde Nast unit he now oversees, another important position has been filled within the division.

Today, Beckman announced that current VP of multimedia for Conde Nast Media Group, Lisa Ryan Howard, would be taking on the role of CRO for Fairchild, effective July 13. Beckman served as president of Conde Nast Media Group until March of this year, when he was moved to Fairchild, which publishes trade publications WWD and Footwear News.

Howard has an extensive background in digital and interactive sales. In her role at Conde Nast Media Group, Howard oversaw digital integration and strategic multimedia sales and marketing and she previously worked as publisher for Style.com and Men.Style.com. Her experience will hopefully help Fairchild avoid additional cuts and closures in the coming months.

“Lisa’s been one of the key assets over the last eight years in developing the media group into what it is today,” Beckman said in the release. “She’s developed some of the most sophisticated multiplatform selling tools that will make her an ideal person to manage the multiple revenue streams at Fairchild.”

Full release after the jump

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