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All the News That’s Fit to Preen

ShutterstockKarlLagerfeld2012Here’s one way to beat the print newspaper downturn. Target a very narrow niche in Europe and China, and hire Karl Lagerfeld as your namesake editor-in-chief.

Per a report in Women’s Wear Daily, The Karl Daily is set to roll out in seven European cities where the fashion icon has retail locations, September 20:

A comic strip, street-style photos and a list of hot spots round out the “satirical” broadsheet, which carries four pages of advertising for Lagerfeld brands. Tongue-in-cheek elements include fictional personals and Choupette, the couturier’s pet cat, serving as guest editor and reporter.

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Kim Kardashian Appears on CR Fashion Book Cover

Kim Kardashian has grabbed the cover spot of the latest CR Fashion Book, the biannual magazine brought to you by Carine Roitfeld. The reality star was photographed by Karl Lagerfeld back in May, so Kardashian is still pregnant in the images.

For a magazine that’s supposed to be ultra stylish and hip, publishing such dated photos seems like a misstep, but no! Roitfeld feels otherwise. “Pregnancy is something that I always love,” she told WWD. “It’s about hope and the future and a new baby.”

Wow.

Anyone attending a baby shower in the near future, please write Roitfeld’s thoughts down. During the party, when there’s a lull in the conversation, stand up and recite the words. You will win the day.

Karl Lagerfeld Still Attacking Tina Brown

Karl Lagerfeld is attacking Tina Brown again. In February, Lagerfeld reacted to a Newsweek article that depicted him as overrated by criticizing Brown and the magazine, and now WWD is reporting that Lagerfeld hasn’t forgotten about the piece. Lagerfeld told reporters during a press conference that Newsweek “is not doing well at all,” and that Brown “is dying.”

Then Lagerfeld delved deeper. ”I’m sorry for Tina Brown, who was such a success at ‘Vanity Fair,’ to go down with a shitty little paper like this. I’m sorry.”

And we’re all sorry that Lagerfeld is so riled up about this. Perhaps, to paraphrase Shakespeare, Lagerfeld doth protest too much?

Karl Lagerfeld Guest Edits Metro, Proves He’s Still Weird

Karl Lagerfeld has guest-edited Metro World News for some reason, and of course he had to chime in on recent headlines — including a new Newsweek article that painted him as overrated. As always, Lagerfeld’s comments were weird as hell. He told Metro that he didn’t appreciate the article, and since he had never heard of the writer, the piece was obviously crap.

Then he moved on to his thoughts on Tina Brown. “I feel sorry for Tina Brown that her paper is really going down,” said Lagerfeld. “It’s so skinny, it’s really what we call a ‘diet issue’ because it has no advertising and she certainly will not get advertising with this kind of article.”

The “we” he refers to must be all his friends who sit around and discuss magazine ad sales. We hear their gatherings can get quite rowdy.

Lagerfeld wasn’t finished there. He called Adeletoo fat,” Russian men “very ugly,” said that he never votes because he knows too much about the political world and insisted that Michelle Obama once asked a designer why he didn’t “like her big black ass.”

We have nothing further to add.

Get Your Start as a Professional Fashion Writer

Glamorous FishbowlNY readers, have you ever wanted to write for a fashion magazine? Interview your favorite celebrity style icons? Party with gorgeous models? Have Valentino declare you his muse? Drink champagne with Karl Lagerfeld on a private jet? Have Anna Wintour cower every time you walk into a room?

We can’t guarantee any of these things will happen. But, for newbie aspiring fashion writers, one way to venture into the fold is to sign up for Mediabistro’s Intro to  Fashion Writing Course. The class is taught by Nadine Rubin Nathan, who was editor-in-chief of Elle South Africa. and contributed to Harper’s Bazaar as a fashion features editor in New York. You may not have Tom Ford on speed-dial by the end of the course, but you will have a pitch letter for a fashion feature and a collection of spec clips written for a high fashion print or online magazine.

The class begins May 23rd, so read more about the class and register here soon if you’re interested. And, FishbowlNY readers, because we are so very fond of you, you will have $50 off registration with the code FBNY50. Good luck!

Cindi Leive, Larry Hackett & David Zinczenko: Editors Unleashed!

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— DIANE CLEHANE

It must be all that good news about ad pages for the September issues being way up from last year that brought out the media mavens today at Michael’s. The place was packed with editors and journos all doing their best to boost Gotham’s perilous economy. The expense account returns!

I was lunching today with my good friend Miriam Driot, who recently opened her own marketing consultancy, and fashionista extraordinaire Susan Tabak, who I met in this very dining room a few years ago. Susan spent over a decade providing well-heeled international clients with customized shopping excursions in Paris and later had a big hit with her self-published tome Chic in Paris: Style Secrets & Best Addresses and its accompanying blog, chicinparis.com.

“I’m not Vogue, but I have my own perspective and people have responded to my authenticity.” I’ll say. The Times of London rated her the top fashion commentator on Twitter for her insights from the front row of the haute couture shows. Last November, Susan reinvented her site as susantabak.com and has added plenty of eye-catching features like her behind-the-scenes look at the New York and Paris runway shows and video interviews with fashion gods like Karl Lagerfeld (“a fascinating character”) and John Galliano (“just extraordinary”).

Susan has parlayed her online success into a full-fledged media company and has plans for more books and some online and television projects. She’s also tapped Mark Grischke, formerly of Vogueand ForbesLife, to be her editorial director. “I’ve got so many plans to extend my brand beyond the website, and I’m taking my time so I can hire the best team possible. Fashion is international, and to succeed, you need a global presence.”

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Christopher Simon of CBS with a table full of pals

2. Peter Brown

3. Law & Order SVU‘s Richard Belzer (with his beloved pooch who seemed a bit skittish while dodging the wait staff) and a fellow we didn’t recognize

4. Men’s Health honcho David Zinczenko (in jeans!) and Eric Sacks

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Lunch: Andre Leon Talley Stops By — and Hugh Jackman is Coming Tonight!

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Our invitation to tonight’s party for Joel Grey hosted by Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborah Lee Furness, must have gotten lost in the mail. Oh well. The dining room was jam-packed with the Wednesday regulars in action, so there was plenty to keep us entertained. I was also happy to catch up with some pals I hadn’t seen in a while. When my friend Andre Leon Talley swept through the door resplendent in a rose-hued Prada coat and “raspberry velvet” custom-made Manolo Blahnik sandals, I was thrilled that he had time for a chat before joining George Malkemus for lunch.

I just had to ask him what he thought about Morley Safer‘s segment on Anna Wintour that aired on 60 Minutes a few weeks back. “I was really impressed with their research,” said Andre, who reported that the show spent weeks at Vogue‘s offices and trekked to Europe for the collections to cover Anna in action and get many of fashion’s most famous faces to weigh in on her decades-long reign at the style bible. We both agreed that Morley sounded a wee bit contemptuous of the players and the game. The newsman’s occasional barbs thrown into the piece — including an observation that Karl Lagerfeld dressed like Count Dracula (“He’s had that look for eight years!”) and that all Vogue‘s young staffers have to be skinny — were “a bit dismissive,” said Andre. (I did love when Anna said that on a recent trip to Minnesota she found most of the folks resembled “little houses.”) Andre reports Anna was “thrilled” with the piece. “It’s 60 Minutes — she was on the same show as Secretary Gates. It was fabulous,” proclaimed Andre.

Today, he was taking a break between the resort presentations that designers were hosting around town in their showrooms this week. “The resort shows are fabulous,” he reports. “It’s become a much more interesting season where people are really doing some fabulous things.” Among the highlights so far: Diane von Furstenberg‘s “Going to Rio”-inspired collection with everything a girl needs all packed into one bag (“It’s her best collection in three years”), Zac Posen‘s ruched silk lame jeans and “major” shoes — especially the sexy lace d’Orsay numbers. Andre also gave high marks to Michael Kors‘ batik prints. “There are a lot of great clothes and great items that women will want to buy.” Music to a lot of retailers’ ears, no doubt.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Conde Nast’s Lou Cona and the dashing Daniel Lalonde, president and CEO of Louis Vuitton, presiding over a table full of movers and shakers.

2. Peter Brown

3. Judith Verno

4. Stephen Swid and a blonde gal we didn’t recognize

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