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People StyleWatch Promotes, Vanity Fair Adds Online Editor

PeopleStyleWatchLogoAn intrepid FishbowlNY tipster alerted us about this last week. Today, it’s official, via the sharing of an internal People memo:

I am happy to announce the promotions of Leah Ginsburg to executive editor and Kristen Maxwell to deputy editor of People StyleWatch.

Since joining StyleWatch, Leah has seamlessly picked up the StyleWatch voice, produced new pages and overseen the monthly closes. In her new role, she will also be responsible for managing the writing and reporting teams, top editing, packaging stories and further developing integration across all sectors of the StyleWatch brand.

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Star Jones, Donny Deutsch and the Skinny on Wacoal’s Sexy New Ad Campaign

LunchAtMichaelsAs Wednesdays at Michael’s go, it was a relatively quiet scene at 55th and Fifth today, but the joint was still jam packed with the usual suspects doing their power lunch thing. You know who they are by now, but your intrepid Lunch columnist is here to serve: Star Jones and Donny Deutsch represented the talking head contingent, while Jeff Greenfield and Jerry Della Femina held court at their usual table (6) with pals Dr. Gerald Imber and Michael Kramer (the boys have been meeting for their weekly lunches for decades!) There was also the requisite representation of PR mavens, including Hearst’s Deb Shriver, Susan Blond and Lisa Linden in attendance. Perhaps all the celebs were saving their strength for tonight’s offerings at The Tribeca Film Festival.

Susan Malinowski, Diane Clehane and Leslie Stevens

Susan Malinowski, Diane Clehane and Leslie Stevens

If you ask me, our table was having the most fun because I was joined by two of my favorite Gotham power gals Leslie Stevens and Susan Malinowski. We’ve known each other since preschool (not really, but you get the picture) and our paths have crossed in interesting ways throughout the years through various jobs and clients. Back in the day, Susan, now vice president of marketing at Wacoal America, was my boss at Danskin-Pennaco Hosiery. Leslie, who helms her own PR firm, LaForce + Stevens, with partner James LaForce, worked with us as a consultant. Today, Susan is shaking things up at Wacoal America and Leslie’s agency is handling spreading all the big news about what’s happening with the brand. Read more

Graydon Carter Named to Magazine Editors Hall of Fame

Graydon Carter, the longtime Vanity Fair editor, has been elected to the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame. He’ll be honored at a ceremony at the Marquis on May 1.

Carter has been in the magazine business for many years. He was a staff writer at Time and Life, and co-founded Spy in 1986. Carter served as the editor of The New York Observer before jumping to what would ultimately cement his legacy — editing VF. He has held that spot since 1992. During Carter’s span as VF’s editor, the title has won 14 National Magazine Awards; two for General Excellence.

“Few journalists are as influential — and as well known — as Graydon Carter,” said Sid Holt, ASME’s CEO, in a statement. “All you have to do is look around in print and online to see the lasting influence of Spy, the magazine he co-founded and edited in the 1980s. As the editor of Vanity Fair for the last two decades, he has continued to have an outsize impact not only on magazine journalism but also on American culture.”

Mark Rozzo Joins Vanity Fair

Mark Rozzo is leaving Town & Country to join Vanity Fair as a deputy editor. The New York Post reports that Rozzo isn’t technically filling the void left by Wayne Lawson  who recently retired — but with a space to fill, Graydon Carter considered Rozzo a smart addition.  Lawson had been with Vanity Fair since 1983.

Before coming to T&C as an executive editor in 2011, Rozzo had been a Condé Nast man for many years. From 2005 to 2008, he served as a deputy editor of the now folded Men’s Vogue. Prior to that, Rozzo worked at The New Yorker.

With the addition of Rozzo, Vanity Fair now has four deputy editors — Rozzo, Aimee Bell, Dana Brown and Punch Hutton.

Even Annie Leibovitz Takes Selfies

Let the record show that even Annie Leibovitz takes selfies. At a party at the Chateau Marmont for her upcoming book (creatively titled Annie Leibovitz), the famed photographer couldn’t resist snapping a picture of herself. Hey, at least she’s including other people.

The gathering was attended by Graydon Carter, David Byrne, Whoopi Goldberg and more. According to Vanity Fair, they all had nothing but good things to say about Leibovitz’s book, which will be released next month.

Two other notable moments from the party included Leibovitz proclaiming that she’s not ready to join Instagram, and Sly Stallone desperately trying to keep 80s fashion alive:

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App Claims to Scoop Vanity Fair by Publishing Gwyneth Paltrow Affair Allegation

proxyTypically, the “secrets” shared on Whisper — an app that allows uses to share their thoughts anonymously — are from whiny, overly emotional teens confused by the cruel game that is love. However, the app just posted a bombshell: That Gwyneth Paltrow is cheating on her husband Chris Martin with Kevin Yorn, a lawyer.

The note is especially interesting because Graydon Carter, editor of Vanity Fair, recently released a long-winded explanation of why Vanity Fair didn’t follow through with a big Paltrow story that had the actress upset. If you recall, Paltrow didn’t want the piece published, but no one knew exactly why. Carter, in his note, explained that there wasn’t much to the story so he decided to stall (read: Paltrow’s pressure on the magazine worked).

Neetzan Zimmerman, the editor-in-chief of Whisper (we suppose an editor is needed when you’re dealing with millions of tweens) claimed that the app’s Paltrow secret is exactly what kept Vanity Fair from publishing its piece on the actress. Not only that, but the secret was vetted.

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Vanity Fair Publishing Story on Gwyneth Paltrow That She Hates

Vanity Fair is going through with a story on Gwyneth Paltrow that she apparently hates. You never knew the magazine was so gangster, did you?

It all started last year, when Paltrow emailed friends telling them not to cooperate with the glossy for a story about her. More recently, when Graydon Carter — Vanity Fair’s editor-in-chief — was asked about the drama, he brushed it off. “In any given week, I can expect to hear from a disgruntled subject in Hollywood, Washington, or on Wall Street,” he explained. “That’s the nature of the beast.”

Why does Paltrow want the article killed? Page Six says it’s because it will speculate that Paltrow had an affair with Miami billionaire Jeff Soffer in 2008. Paltrow has been married to Coldplay’s Chris Martin since 2003.

Whatever the piece reveals, Paltrow’s fuss is one of the main reasons it’s being published. “Well, she sort of forced my hand,” Carter told the Times of London.

Picture Carter rollin.

Graydon Carter Doesn’t Get Out Much

Graydon Carter, the longtime Vanity Fair editor, has been quite busy lately. This year is Vanity Fair’s 100th anniversary, and so countless outlets want Carter to talk about the glossy’s history and its future. During an interview with New York, Carter does that and more. In fact, he sounds like someone who has been doing one thing for so long that he’s lost touch with reality.

Carter said that he considers it “gratifying” to be part of a magazine that has lasted so long, then notes that magazines today must deal with a depressing newsstand market. “Nothing is working right now,” Carter explained. “Nothing. For anybody. It’s like that whole part of the business fell off a bridge, and I don’t think it’s coming back.”

When the subject turns to the city, things go a bit haywire. Carter went to Williamsburg recently and well, you can probably guess how that went.

“Literally I could have been going to Chad,” said Carter. “It was not what I expected. The architecture wasn’t as interesting or as baroque or as industrial — it looked like Queens to me.”

We wonder what people living in Chad have to say about that.

Mike Hogan Returning to Vanity Fair

MikeHoganHeadshotHere’s our first suggestion for Mike Hogan, set to rejoin the VF fold as digital director after a couple of years with AOL and The Huffington Post (where he is currently executive culture and entertainment editor). Expand to other more universal reader comments platforms.

The general paucity of comments for VF blog items has a lot to do with the fact that the magazine requires readers to use a Conde Nast Digital account. Open it up to DISQUS and Facebook as well, we say. Hogan will report directly to Graydon Carter:

“I’m delighted that Mike is returning to Vanity Fair,” said Carter. “He was not only a gifted story editor at the magazine, he was instrumental in the creation of VF.com. I look forward to his future contributions to VF.com in collaboration with our very talented digital team, led by editor Chris Rovzar.”

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Ernest Hemingway Snubs Vanity Fair From Beyond The Grave

Even though he has been dead for quite some time now, Ernest Hemingway’s grudge against Vanity Fair is still going strong. About 90 years ago, when Hemingway was just a young, aspiring writer, he submitted a short story — “My Life in the Bull Ring with Donald Ogden Stewart” — to the magazine. It was rejected by Vanity Fair’s editor, but now Hemingway’s estate has the upper hand. According to The Independent, Graydon Carter asked to publish the once-rejected piece in Vanity Fair, but was denied. That’s right, Hemingway is such a badass that he’s sticking it to editors from beyond the grave.

Instead, Hemingway’s estate gave the piece to Harper’s. It appears in the magazine’s October issue, which hits newsstands Thursday. Michael Katakis, a representative  of the Hemingway Estate, told The Independent, “We’re very careful with unpublished material. The question is: ‘If Hemingway were alive, would he want it published in a magazine like Vanity Fair, or would he want it relegated to a scholarly examination of how a writer was developing?’”

Not only did Hemingway’s estate snub Vanity Fair, Patrick Hemingway, Hemingway’s second son, added that he was ”Not a great fan” of the glossy, because “It’s a sort of luxury thinker’s magazine – for people who get their satisfaction out of driving a Jaguar instead of a Mini.”

Oh snap. Well, sort of.

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