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Joanna Coles to Mentor for ‘Project Runway’ Spinoff

Joanna Coles, Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire, will serve as a mentor to contestants on the upcoming “Project Runway” spinoff, “Project Runway All Stars.” According to People, the contestants are all people who have appeared on “Project Runway” before, but still haven’t hit it big in the fashion world.

Coles will be dishing out advice to the designers, much like Tim Gunn does for “Project Runway.” The winner of the show will see even more of Coles, because along with cash prizes, they get a spread in Marie Claire and will guest edit an issue.

Let’s hope Coles is working on a catch phrase as good as Gunn’s “Make it work,” because otherwise we might not watch. Okay, we’re probably (definitely) not going to watch it anyway, we’re just trying to be nice.

Rumors of Hearst Editor Being Axed Surface

Today WWD asks “Is a fashion editor’s head on the table in the Hearst Tower?” While we don’t know why that would be true, rumors can be fun (as long as they’re not about us losing our job), so let’s take a look at which editor the writer’s at WWD think is going to get fired.

Immediately ruled out is Joanna Coles, who apparently just signed a new deal to stay Editor-in-Chief at Marie Claire for awhile. There’s some guessing that it might be Cosmo’s Kate White, but the final target appears to be Harper’s Bazaar’s Glenda Bailey. Apparently things haven’t been going so well at the magazine:

Harper’s Bazaar finished the first half of 2011 down 5.4 percent in ad pages and circulation numbers so far this year are behind those of 2010. The book missed its rate base for January, February and March, according to data from the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

There’s no evidence that Bailey is going to be fired, and a few sources even tell WWD that there isn’t anything to the rumor, but good gossip isn’t always correct gossip. It just gets people talking.

Food Network Magazine Earns Top Spot on Adweek’s Hot List

The 31st annual Adweek Hot List is out this week, and grabbing the top spot is Food Network Magazine. Adweek also names Marie Claire’Joanna Coles as Editor of The Year, and unsurprisingly honors David Carey as Publisher of The Year. But back to the Hot List. As you can see from the top five, Hearst is really sticking it to Conde Nast. At least according to Adweek:

  1. Food Network Magazine
  2. Marie Claire
  3. Elle Decor
  4. Wired
  5. GQ

While being number one doesn’t mean that much, it’s certainly nice for the magazine to be recognized for its achievements. Though the way Adweek did it was sort of odd:

This is one case when Hearst’s lower-brow attitude—combined with its strategy of partnering with established personalities and platforms – has turned into a winning recipe.

Talk about a back-handed compliment. That’s like telling your friend “I like those jeans! They’re a lot less ugly than the ones you usually wear.”

Kerry Kennedy & Jackie Author Come Face To Face

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Sometimes it seems as if all roads lead to Michael’s — well, at least on Wednesdays. Today, the planets aligned to bring together folks with some interesting six-degrees-of-separation connections. I was talking to ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong who introduced me to Greg Lawrence, author of Jackie as Editor: The Literary Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (St. Martins). Greg interviewed over 125 writers and editors who worked with Jackie during her 19 years at Viking Press. (The excerpt that ran in Vanity Fair recently was dishy and full of colorful details of Jackie’s life as a working girl. The paperback edition comes out this summer.) Turns out Greg worked with Jackie on three books, including one with his former wife, ballerina Gelsey Kirkland. Their memoir, Dancing on My Grave, caused quite an uproar at the time for its revelations. “It was quite scandalous,” recalled Greg, smiling at the memory.

That got me thinking. Since Greg knew one of the most famous members of the Kennedy family pretty well, I asked if he thought Caroline Kennedy was really behind the campaign that got The History Channel to drop their plans to air The Kennedys mini-series. “Oh, definitely,” he told me. “Caroline is very sensitive about these things,  and since she has a documentary with ABC and a book with Hyperion planned on her own about Jackie, she was able to stop it.”

Before he could say more, Kerry Kennedy walked up to say hello to Joe (a longtime friend of the Kennedy family) unaware there was a journalist in her midst who had delved into the life of a Kennedy for fun and profit. When Joe introduced Kerry to Greg and told her about his book, I observed what appeared to be a cautiously cordial response. It must be surreal to see your relative on the cover of a book someone is holding only to find out the author of that book is the person you’re talking to, although I’m guessing  it’s not all that unusual if you’re a Kennedy.  We were saved from any further awkwardness when Henry Schleiff (who knows everyone) grabbed Kerry for a big hug and pulled her aside for a little chat.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Kerry Kennedy, presiding over a table of casually clad diners

2. Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer, having what looked to be a very intense conversation with uber agent Wayne Kabak

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong with director Susan Stroman, Ed Victor and his lovely wife, Carol

4. Hudson News CEO James S. Cohen with a doppelganger power lunch pal

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WWD’s Odd Take on Hearst’s Powerful Women

WWD has a piece on the trio of female Editor-in-Chiefs at Hearst today, and it comes off as pretty condescending. The idea behind the article is fine – how well Elle’s Robbie Myers, Harper’s Bazaar’s Glenda Bailey and Marie Claire’s Joanna Coles will work together – but the execution is all wrong.

The headline “The Three Graces of Hearst” is the first mistake. The Three Graces, in Greek Mythology, are goddesses of charm, beauty and creativity. Right away the article is undermining the three editors by comparing them to something that has nothing to do with their intelligence or talents.

Then the phrase “playing nice” is used twice, as if Myers, Bailey and Coles are little girls who need to learn to share. But the worst part of the article is actually in a chart, which discusses their clothes and hairstyles. Once again, that has absolutely nothing to do with their ability to run three of the most popular magazines in the world.

If it seems like we’re being picky, just think about it: Would an article about three men EICs discuss their hair? Would a piece about powerful men even bring up something as frivolous as attractiveness? We don’t think so.

There’s plenty to talk about with Myers, Bailey and Coles, but somehow WWD manages to cover all the wrong things.

Ina Garten, Joanna Coles And The Fashion Flock

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— DIANE CLEHANE

The dreary winter weather (Will it ever end?!) didn’t keep the loyalists away from Michael’s today. There were plenty of fab fashionistas and social swans in the dining room who braved the elements in inappropriate footwear to exchange air kisses and gossip about who knows what.  The usual mix of media moguls and mavens were there, too. Here’s hoping the sun and the celebrity A-List returns next week.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Marie Claire editrix Joanna Coles with actor Richard E. Grant (Gosford Park, Dracula, and the upcoming The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep) and three stylish looking folks. We  were so excited to see Richard up close and personal. (He’s blond now!) We’re dating ourselves a bit here, but he was absolutely the best Bob Cratchit ever a few years back in the TNT version of A Christmas Carol opposite another one of our favorite British actors, Patrick Stewart.

2. Literary agent Esther Newberg, enjoying soup with a handsome fellow whose face we definitely recognized but whose name escapes us.

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and Dorothy Kalins. I stopped by the table to check in with these two longtime friends. Joe couldn’t stop talking about last night’s screening at MoMa of The Restaurateur, the documentary about Danny Meyer by Dorothy’s husband Roger Sherman. The beloved museum, incidentally, is home to one of our favorite Meyer restaurants, The Modern. The screening was followed by a Q&A with Meyer and was a foodie’s delight, we hear. Speaking of food, Heart of the Artichoke and Other Kitchen Journeys written by David Tanis, chef at Berkeley’s Chez Panisse, and edited by Dorothy was among the nominees for the 2011 James Beard Awards announced yesterday. Congrats!

4.  Mrs. Army Archerd and pals.

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Nancy Cardone Pushes Marie Claire to The Top

Nancy Cardone, Publisher for Marie Claire, gets a lot of love from Hearst’s CMO Michael Clinton in a MIN online report. He says the addition of Cardone has lead to nothing but good things:

This is a major home-run for the company. MC had our largest ad-page and ad-revenue growths last year. Most impressive to me is how well Nancy teams up with [Editor-in-Chief since May 2005] Joanna Coles. They are always coming up with innovative ideas, and I see 2011 being equally exciting.

The numbers Clinton mentions certainly stand out. Ad pages for Marie Claire were up almost 20 percent and revenue was up about 23 percent during Cardone’s first year overseeing the magazine.

It looks like Cardone and Marie Claire have a bright future, just as long as they avoid more fat bashing.

An Inside Look At The Inside of Hearst

Cathie Black, former Chairman of Hearst Corporation, took on her new job as Chancellor of the city’s schools today. To commemorate that, Cooper Smith at Business Insider got an exclusive look inside the Hearst Corporation building, the place Black used to call her home away from home.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to work at Hearst, head on over and take the photographic tour. But be warned, it’s not all “exclusive” items. There’s definitely good stuff, like pictures of magazine layouts and a tour of the Good Housekeeping Institute. But then there’s also pictures of people waiting for elevators (shocking!) and people eating in a break room (maybe what they were eating was worth documenting?).

Oh, and there’s also a picture of Joanna Coles, Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire, with a look on her face that says “What are you doing here you idiot?” so everyone can get a feel for what being an intern at Hearst is like. Check out the picture of Coles after the jump.

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Marie Claire‘s Joanna Coles Responds To Controversy Surrounding “Fatphobic” Post

Bitch magazine, which has been following the recent controversy surrounding a Marie Claire post by sex and relationship blogger Maura Kelly, linked to an article on Fashionista.com featuring a response from the magazine’s editor in chief, Joanna Coles.

A little background: Kelly wrote a post titled “Should ‘Fatties’ Get a Room? (Even on TV?)” about “Mike & Molly,” a new CBS sitcom revolving around an overweight couple. Kelly recounts how her editor asked her to weigh in [Ed. note: Do I even need to add that no pun is intended here?] on backlash to the show — apparently, people are having issues with watching an overweight couple be affectionate and intimate on their TV screens. Kelly put in her own two cents thusly:

My initial response was: Hmm, being overweight is one thing — those people are downright obese! And while I think our country’s obsession with physical perfection is unhealthy, I also think it’s at least equally crazy, albeit in the other direction, to be implicitly promoting obesity! Yes, anorexia is sick, but at least some slim models are simply naturally skinny. No one who is as fat as Mike and Molly can be healthy. And obesity is costing our country far more in terms of all the related health problems we are paying for, by way of our insurance, than any other health problem, even cancer.

So anyway, yes, I think I’d be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other … because I’d be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything. To be brutally honest, even in real life, I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room — just like I’d find it distressing if I saw a very drunk person stumbling across a bar or a heroine addict slumping in a chair.

The post inspired hundreds of comments, most of them not exactly agreeing with Kelly’s excuse that she isn’t fatphobic because she has “a few friends who could be called plump.” Coles was asked her thoughts on the issue at a fashion event, and she seemed supportive of Kelly’s decision to post such controversy-stirring thoughts: “Maura Kelly is a very provocative blogger, she said. “She was an anorexic herself and this is a subject she feels very strongly about.” Furthermore, added Coles, “I’m concerned about a show that makes fun of large people.”

Kelly, for her part, has since added an update to her article, posted after the jump.

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Hearst-Owned Marie Claire Adds A Hearst To Fashion Dept

mc.jpgMarie Claire announced two new additions to its fashion department yesterday and, not surprisingly, the Hearst Corp.-owned fashion mag now has a Hearst on the masthead.

Socialite and busy magazine intern and contributor Amanda Hearst has been named associate market editor at Marie Claire, where she will report to “Project Runway” staple Nina Garcia, the magazine’s fashion director.

Also reporting to Garcia will be Taylor Tomasi, who has been named style and accessories director, Marie Claire‘s editor-in-chief Joanna Coles announced yesterday. The two will start in their newly created roles on Monday.

A Condé Nast vet, Tomasi was previously the accessories director at Teen Vogue and got her start at W. Fashionista has reported that Teen Vogue will not be replacing her.

And in addition to being an heir to the Hearst fortune, Amanda Hearst has been keeping busy and involved in publishing through internships, like her most recent at Cosmopolitan Spain, “where she helped research and contribute to articles exclusively in the Spanish language,” the company said. We have to admit, she sounds very multi-talented and qualified for the position. But we’re allowed to be jealous that she’s snagged a coveted spot at a family-owned magazine in the midst of the worst job market in recent history, right?

Full release after the jump

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