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Lucky Cuts Three

Lucky 11-1Lucky has cut its editorial team by three. According to WWD, the magazine has cut accessories director Julia Kalachikoff, fashion features editor Hayley Phelan and special sections director Liz Kiernan.

Condé Nast spun off Lucky last August. The newly created company — called The Lucky Group — is a joint venture between Lucky and the e-commerce platform BeachMint.

A Lucky Group spokesperson told WWD that the void left by Kalachikoff, Phelan and Kiernan would be filled internally, via “promotions.”

That sounds like a code word for “Staffers who will do more work for the same amount of money.”

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Meet The Press Reportedly Plans to Announce New Moderator Soon, Chuck Todd The Favorite (Politico / Playbook)
Chuck Todd, a political obsessive and rabid sports fan, is the likely successor to David Gregory as moderator of Meet The Press, with the change expected to be announced in coming weeks, according to top political sources. TVNewser Meet The Press has slipped to third among the Sunday public affairs shows. Todd is currently NBC’s chief White House correspondent and political director, as well as the anchor of the 9 a.m. Daily Rundown on MSNBC. FishbowlDC The New York Post’s Page Six first reported in late July that Gregory may soon be replaced. The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove later wrote in a follow-up piece that, “In multiple conversations that I had with people inside and outside NBC after the item appeared, it was taken as a given that Gregory is toast.” TVNewser Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace appeared on MediaBuzz to give his thoughts on the rumors and the influence of Sunday shows today. “I think it’s lousy,” Wallace said about how NBC News is treating Gregory amid rumors of his imminent ousting. FishbowlDC “I think they either ought to say he’s our guy, we’re sticking by him, or they ought to get rid of him, but they shouldn’t put him in this limbo,” said Wallace.

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Condé Nast Kicks Lucky to the Curb

Dakota FanningIt appears the reports of Lucky’s demise were not greatly exaggerated. In a major move, Condé Nast has spun off Lucky into a new company, titled The Lucky Group.

The Lucky Group is a joint venture between Lucky and BeachMint, an e-commerce platform. The print version of Lucky will continue, but make no mistake about it — this is a turn toward the digital for the brand.

The Lucky Group will be led by BeachMint’s Josh Berman as CEO, Lucky’s Eva Chen as chief creative officer, and Gillian Gorman Round as president. Even Anna Wintour is staying on as an “advisor,” though we wouldn’t be surprised if that arrangement didn’t last long.

Anyone who has been paying attention probably isn’t that surprised by this news. Lucky has been struggling for awhile, and its dismal September ad page showing might have been the final nail in the coffin. The glossy’s all-important September issue only featured 90 ad pages, a whopping 34 percent decline from last year’s issue.

Please keep all Lucky puns/jokes (Lucky wasn’t so lucky, Lucky was unlucky, Lucky could’ve used more luck, etc.) to yourself.

Cover Battle: Lucky or Wired

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round features Lucky versus Wired. Lucky’s latest cover star is Solange Knowles, sister of Beyoncé and noted elevator pugilist.

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Anna Wintour Approved Lucky’s Horrible Kerry Washington Cover

Lucky’s latest cover, featuring the normally flawless Kerry Washington, is terrible. This cannot be debated. Just look at it. Somehow Lucky made Washington look awful, which is such an amazing feat that we’re thinking maybe the staffers deserve an award. However, Eva Chen, Lucky’s editor, wants us all to know that Anna Wintour thought the cover was fine.

“Anna as the artistic director was definitely aware of our cover selection and was very supportive,” Chen told WWD. “Anna always provides me with guidance. As editor-in-chief, it comes down to my decision — and Anna agreed.”

Of course Chen has to say that; she can’t throw Wintour under the bus. But we do have one question: How many, and what variety, of hallucinogens had Wintour consumed prior to approving this cover? We have some high school buddies who would pay top dollar for them.

Lucky’s Kerry Washington Cover is Scary

Lucky has managed to do the impossible: Make Kerry Washington look bad. Actually, bad might not even be the right word. She’s sort of scary looking. A few questions:

1) Did this photoshoot take place in a wind tunnel?

2) If so, why? If not, what the hell?

3) Is Washington’s pose meant to intimidate readers, or merely remind them to visit a chiropractor?

4) Was Washington instructed to growl, or was that her idea?

StyleBistro Welcomes New Executive Editor

StyleBistro has done pretty well for itself since launching in the summer of 2010. According to comScore, the site is the sixth most popular in the U.S. in the fashion/style/beauty category and now has some new editorial stewardship to push those numbers higher.

AnnBradyNYFWAnn Brady (pictured) comes to StyleBistro from the Shopzilla search engine beso.com. She has also served as a contributing editor for In Style‘s e-commerce site stylefind.com and as senior associate fashion editor at Lucky magazine. From today’s announcement:

“As a seasoned editor, stylist and marketing consultant, Ann has a multi-faceted understanding how readers consume fashion content, and as a result, has the inherent ability to connect with a female audience in a truly meaningful way,” said John Newlin, editor-in-chief at parent company Livingly Media. “We’re confident that with Ann at the helm, StyleBistro will continue to offer audiences the most engaging and comprehensive celebrity style coverage on the web.”

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Lucky Adds Two

Lucky continues to be remade under the guidance of its editor, Eva Chen. According to WWD, Lucky has named Katia Kuethe creative director and Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele as fashion editor-at-large.

Kuethe comes to Lucky from Kate Spade, where she served as senior director of creative. She previously served as creative director for Teen Vogue. She will replace design director Lisa Steinmeyer and that role will be eliminated.

Cerf de Dudzeele will continue to work as a stylist and consultant for brands while at Lucky.

Eva Chen Discusses Changes at Lucky

Eva Chen, the editor-in-chief of Lucky, has big plans for the magazine now that she’s in charge. Below are some highlights from her interview with Adweek, which we highly recommend.

On her decision to leave the pre-med world behind in favor of magazines:

The summer between junior and senior year of college, before I took the MCATs, I was like, ‘I want a summer off.’ So I applied to 20 internships, including one at Harper’s Bazaar. That was the only one that paid, so I took it. It was difficult to tell my parents that I was no longer pre-med—they were not so happy as first-generation immigrant parents. I still don’t know that they fully understand what I do.

Her goals as editor of Lucky:

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Inspire Fashionistas at LuckyMag.com

LuckyMag.comLucky prides itself for bringing the shop-ability factor to fashion; every single item in the magazine and on its website is available to purchase from the moment it’s featured. And in addition to a focus on “what to buy” and “where to buy it,” Luckymag.com is all about “how to wear it,” but with the type of laid-back, sister-to-sister advice you’d get from your best girlfriend.

Executive digital editor Verena von Pfetten says she regards the Lucky girl “as smart or smarter” than the mag’s in-house team. “She knows what she likes; she knows her style. We’re certainly not talking down to her. We’re just taking the resources that we have, which is a huge market team and a team of editors and the fact that this is what we do all day every day, and trying to make our readers’ life easier.”

With that in mind, freelancers are more than welcome to pitch creative ideas. For writers guidelines and editors’ contact info, read How To Pitch: LuckyMag.com.

Sherry Yuan

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