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Special Fashion Week Edition! Dishing With the Designer Who Makes Taylor Swift Shine

LunchAtMichaelsWith Fashion Week in full swing, the crowd at Michael’s today was full of stylistas (Glamour‘s Connie Anne Phillips, Tom Ford‘s CEO Tom Mendenhall) and media moguls (David Zinczenko and Jim Smith) refueling for the home stretch of shows. (Big guns Ralph, Donna and Calvin still have their runway shows to do) After all, surviving the crowds at Lincoln Center requires nothing short of herculean strength. We prefer to watch the shows the most clever designers livestream (thank you, Oscar de la Renta!) or post to their sites afterwards because we can only pretend to be fabulous one day a week — on Wednesdays, of course.

Diane Clehane, Paige Novick and Mickey Ateyeh

Diane Clehane, Paige Novick and Mickey Ateyeh

Speaking of fabulous, I was joined today by jewelry designer Paige Novick and our mutual friend, accessories maven Mickey Ateyeh and had a terrific time dishing about the fashion biz. (Sorry, but some of the best stuff is off the record.) Paige launched her signature costume jewelry collection at Bergdorf Goodman in 2008 and then added Phyne by Paige Novick, her fine jewelry collection, with Saks Fifth Avenue in 2013. She recently celebrated an important milestone, having been admitted into the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) last month. “It was surreal,” Paige told me of being surrounded by the top guns in the industry at the welcoming reception and being congratulated by CFDA president Steven Kolb and designer Stan Herman. “I was so happy to be part of ‘the club’ in the best sense of the word.”

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David Brooks and Gail Collins Support Media Reporting

Each Wednesday, the New York Times’ David Brooks and Gail Collins do a Q & A. Today’s topic was newspaper journalism. Aside from making themselves feel better about their chosen profession (Do you feel safe? Yes I feel safe. Do you?) they also took some time to express support for what FishbowlNY and many other sites/people do: Report on the reporters.

Here is their exchange, which will hopefully warm the hearts of media reporters everywhere:

David: I used to tell young journalists to start out writing crime stories somewhere. Now I tell them to produce Web pages that link and comment on the best pieces in the national press. The big editors will look to your site if you write obsessively about them. Eventually they’ll hire you.

Gail: That’s a good career strategy, I suppose. Instead of covering the news, you cover the people covering the news.

Donald Trump Mails Marked-Up Vanity Fair Blog Post to Graydon Carter

Oh, Donald Trump! We had no idea you had such a sensitive side.

This is the second post today that FishbowlNY is gleefully writing about Trump’s attack against the media for not taking him and his ill-conceived presidential campaign seriously. On March 24, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter received a packet of documents from Trump containing a print-out of a VF Daily blog post from the week prior, which Trump had marked up with a black sharpie. VF Daily posts the marked-up document on its site, because it is awesome.

Among Trump’s comments:

Graydon — I know far more about you than you know about me. You never got the “Trump Thing.” As one of your writers (…) recently said, “Graydon doesn’t like you.”

He also calls a Forbes’ estimate of his wealth “billions too low” and circles the name of the author of the piece (Juli Weiner) and scrawls “bad writer!” next to it. We hope she’s not too torn up about this.

Trump, take our advice. It’s only a matter of time before the Charlie Sheen comparisons. In the meantime, we will keep posting about him in the vain hope that he’ll eventually respond to us. We could use the editorial suggestions.

Donald Trump Battles with New York Times Columnist Gail Collins

Though much has been said about Donald Trump over the years, good and bad, few have ever accused him of being a classy guy.

This is why.

New York Times columnist Gail Collins wrote an op-ed a couple of weeks ago called Donald Trump Gets Weirder, which, well, fair enough. She doesn’t say anything that we haven’t heard before regarding Trump’s bizarre presidential campaign and maddening birther allegations, although she does give some insight into how underneath his gruff exterior, Trump is a deeply insecure soul:

During one down period, I referred to him in print as a “financially embattled thousandaire” and he sent me a copy of the column with my picture circled and “The Face of a Dog!” written over it.

Somehow, that doesn’t seem at all far-fetched for The Donald. On Friday, the Times printed Trump’s response (which, incidentally, did not refute the dog-picture story). We hear these words being said in his trademark voice:

Actually, I have great respect for Ms. Collins in that she has survived so long with so little talent. Her storytelling ability and word usage (coming from me, who has written many bestsellers), is not at a very high level.

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Mark Your Calendars: The New York Times’ Arts & Leisure Weekend Is Coming In January

Break out your 2011 calendars, people. The New York Times is set to hold its 10th annual Arts & Leisure Weekend from January 6th through the 9th. The event will include TimesTalks interviews with big names across a variety of fields, conducted by New York Times journalists.

Some of the guests slated to participate include CBS anchor Katie Couric, who will be interviewed by Gail Collins; Food Network star Ina Garten, interviewed by Alex Witchel; James Levine, music director of the Metropolitan Opera and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, interviewed by Daniel Wakin; Terence Winter, the co-creator of “Boardwalk Empire,” will be interviewed by Charles McGrath along with actors Steve Buscemi and Paz de la Huerta. Additional interviews will be conducted with pianist Lang Lang; Annie Proulx, author of Brokeback Mountain; actor/director Robert Redford; actor/director/producer Kevin Spacey; and film and stage director Julie Taymor.

The weekend will also include performances by the likes of Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and American Idiot director/co-writer Michael Mayer, who will be interviewed by Patrick Healy. There will be a salute to the music of Tim Rice (aka the writer of nearly every Disney song you’ve sung into a hairbrush) and a performance by Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright.

So save the date. But, please, leave your hairbrushes at home.

NYT Columnists Prepare To Teach Classes

knowledge network.jpgFirst, there were plans to launch a wine club. Now The New York Times has revealed another new revenue stream: classes taught by Times columnists.

The Gray Lady is currently offering three of these courses through its Knowledge Network. First announced in late July, the courses will be taught by Nicholas Kristof, who will focus on human rights violations of women in developing countries; Gail Collins, who will speak about the lives and history of American women; and Eric Asimov, who will speak on wines along with two winemakers.

Kristof and Collins’ seminars are online-only, and the price of $185 will get you access to one live, interactive Webcast, three self-paced lessons and a one-week online forum discussion. Asimov’s presentation is slightly different. For $125 you get access to an online seminar with winemakers Cathy Corison and Chris Cree, but New York-area students also have chance to see it live.

As Neiman Lab recently pointed out, this model could lead the way for a membership option the Times said it was considering last month. So we may be seeing more of these down the line.

Kristof’s seminar is the first up, debuting September 15. He will be discussing the topics that stem directly from his upcoming book, “Half the Sky,” which hits shelves September 8.

What do you think? Are these types of seminars something you are interested in? Would you pay to hear Times columnists speak? Will revenue from these sorts of things save journalism?

Related: Would You Buy Wine From The New York Times?

Why Doesn’t the NYT Have a ‘Serious’ Female Columnist?

s-GAIL-COLLINS-MAUREEN-DOWD-large.jpgYou may have noticed New York Times editor Andy Rosenthal is in the ‘Talk to the Times’ hot seat this week. Romenesko picked up this little gem of a question from Paul Bilsky who asked: “I find it a bit peculiar that the two women columnists, Maureen Dowd and Gail Collins, are satirical and humorous. I adore their writing, and generally think they are spot on, but it is almost like you cannot get a “serious” woman columnist. Do you agree?” Says Rosenthal:

O.K., so I admit. I’m answering this because it’s a slow, hanging ball…I would be the last person alive to suggest that Maureen Dowd and Gail Collins are not serious columnists. They are indeed, very serious.

Slow hanging ball? Our opinion of Modo (questionable) and Gail Collins (unquestionable) is no secret around these parts, but what say you readers, does he have a point?

The New York Times to do an Obama Book

nyt1105.jpgPer today’s Publisher’s Marketplace:

OBAMA: The Historic Journey, a heavily-illustrated book covering Barack Obama‘s life, from his childhood through his inauguration as the 44th president of the United States, with a final chapter that includes the inaugural address and a 32-page photo essay by 12 New York Times staff photographers, with an introduction by NYT executive editor Bill Keller and essays from Times staff and contributors including Frank Rich, Thomas Friedman, Paul Krugman, Maureen Dowd, David Brooks, and Gail Collins, to Geoff Kloske to Riverhead, for publication on February 16, 2009, by Scott Moyers at The Wylie Agency, produced by the New York Times and Callaway Arts & Entertainment.

Gail Collins: ‘Let the National Enquirer Folks Have Their Niche’

ggdbgc.gifGail Collins and David Brooks are talking again and they’re trying to avoid talking about politics. Says Gail Collins: “Before the John Edwards affair recedes into history, should we discuss Lessons Learned?” Begging the question: are there ever any lessons learned from political affairs, beyond the fact that politicians never seem to learn their lesson? Anyway, Collins has some choice words to say regarding the media’s coverage or lack thereof of the Edwards affair.

I hope the mainstream media doesn’t decide that this means they should commit their limited investigative resources to trailing every allegation of political adultery the National Enquirer uncovers. We all have specialties in life — I’m good with letting the National Enquirer folks hang onto their niche.

This particular scandal was gaining legs just as he was losing credibility. I’d be shocked if editors had begun taking reporters off other assignments, like checking campaign donations, or trying to deconstruct the Obama and McCain economic programs, in order to prove that a guy who used to be in the race was also in the sack with a New Age videographer.

Does the NYT Have an Obama Shaped Hole in Their Heart?

071103_obama_vmed_8p.widec.jpgSo this last week or so there seems to have been a bit of a rude awakening re Barack Obama over at the New York Times op-ed pages. First off, last Friday (July 4, no less) the editorial board wrote a piece titled “New and Not Improved” about how Obama’s recent move to the middle was enormously distressing, especially considering all that change he’s been promising (politicians promising change, crazy!). “We are not shocked when a candidate moves to the center for the general election. But Mr. Obama’s shifts are striking because he was the candidate who proposed to change the face of politics, the man of passionate convictions who did not play old political games…We don’t want any “redefining” on these big questions. This country needs change it can believe in.” Snap!

Then on Saturday, Bob Herbert accused Obama of “lurching with abandon,” of “not being the man “we had when we began,” of “taking his base for granted.” Did no one there read David Brooks very sharp “The Two Obamas” (yep, every once in a while he knocks one out of the park)? Better yet perhaps they should glance at MoDo‘s recent relationship advice column where she tells us that “infatuation trumps judgment,” because when it comes to Obama the Times is sounding less like a newspaper contending with the reality and audacity of American politics and more like a disillusioned lover. As per usual, Gail Collins provides the sharpest insight:

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