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The Condé Cuts Are (Hopefully) Over

Depending on how much you believe the powers that be, the layoffs at Condé Nast are finished. The New York Post reports that Chuck Townsend, CEO of Condé Nast, sent out a memo late yesterday afternoon saying that the waters have calmed:

Given the challenges of the US economy, this required difficult decisions, including the elimination of some staff positions. These changes have been communicated and while businesses must continually evolve, we expect no further announcements related to the 2013 business plans and staffing.

Celebration time! Well, until the next round of cuts come down the road.

In addition to what we learned yesterday, here’s a quick recap of the Condé cuts:

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M Magazine is Relaunching

Fairchild Fashion Media is relaunching M, the men’s title that folded in early 90s. The new version will be overseen by Fairchild’s Editorial Director, Peter Kaplan. Marc Berger has also been named Vice President, Publisher of M. The initial circulation will be 75,000 and the first issue will hit newsstands September 24.

M will target rich dudes who like fashion. Or maybe we should let Kaplan explain? According to him, M will “speak to an elite and exclusive group of affluent consumers and top industry players.”

Hmm… We’re pretty sure he’s talking about the same people we are.

Real Housewife Melissa Gorga Dishes on Her Sister-in-Law From Hell

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Slow moving holiday tourists and presidential motorcades be damned. Nothing could keep the faithful away from Michael’s today. With the place decked out in its holiday finery, the mood was like a swanky office party on steroids.  While the usual suspects and a cool visitor from California (producer/composer David Foster) huddled over their tables deep in conversation, there was a little lunch for 14 in the middle of the dining room. I snagged one of the guests, Melissa Gorga, my favorite ‘housewife’ on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, for a chat about the knock-down, drag-out cat fights on last month’s reunion show and to get the real story about her on- and off-camera relationship with her fellow cast mate and sister-in-law, the charming Teresa Guidice.

Melissa, who is an absolute knockout in person, told me that the RHONJ cast (minus Jacqueline Laurita) shot the reunion special the day after wrapping the yet-to-be-aired Season 4, and the women were all seething about battles and betrayals the viewers haven’t even seen. “We had just had a huge blow up the night before, and that was what was on everyone’s mind. It was so hard not to say anything. That’s why Jacqueline wasn’t there,” Melissa tells me. “It was very confusing for us, and we were constantly trying not to say things about things that hadn’t aired yet. Bravo is so sorry they shot them back to back. I don’t think they are ever going to do that again.” Teresa “tried to set me up” and is back to her old tricks, Melissa told me, without giving anything away. After all the kissing and making up seen at the end of last season, Melissa’s husband Joe Gorga is “disgusted” with his table tipping sibling once again. Big surprise.

Diane Clehane, Bonnie Fuller, Melissa Gorga and Carlos Lamadrid
Diane Clehane, Bonnie Fuller, Melissa Gorga and Carlos Lamadrid

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Ed Rollins’ Wife on His Departure from Bachmann’s Campaign

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Put away those summer whites — but keep that rain gear handy!  Now that Labor Day is history, the town car set has returned from their summer sojourns and is gearing up for the power lunch season. The Wednesday crowd at Michael’s isn’t back to full tilt just yet, but there were enough suits and swells in the dining room to signal that play time is over.

I was joined today by PR maven extraordinaire Catherine Saxton who is gearing up for a very busy fall season. She’s juggling a number of exciting events including Eric Trump‘s charity golf tournament benefiting St.Jude’s Children’s Hospital coming up next week in Westchester (Amanda Seyfried and Brooklyn Decker are both schedule to attend) and a multi-day culinary competition kicking off September 22 and 23 in Times Square. For the latter, 72 Chinese chefs will battle it out to have their cuisine served at the “Emperor’s Banquet” on Sunday, September 25 at Pier 60.

After lunch, Catherine introduced me to Shari Rollins, wife of veteran Republican strategist Ed Rollins who yesterday announced he was stepping down as Michele Bachmann‘s presidential campaign chief due to health reasons. When I asked Shari to weigh in on her 68-year-old husband’s headline-making decision, she told me: “Politics is tough — it’s a young man’s game. Ed is young in spirit, but not in body. Those 14-hour days were grueling. He’s a great husband and a great father, and I’m happy he’s taking care of himself. He’s doing great and thinks the world of Michelle.”

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Warner Music Group’s Lyor Cohen (Tory Burch‘s main squeeze), presiding over a table full of business types

2. Fashionista Mickey Ateyeh, sporting a glorious tan she got while on holiday in the south of France, with Meredith Finney

3. Steve Mosko

4. Wowowow’s Liz Smith (Loved the baby blue leather jacket!) and Joni Evans with, so we’re told, a Dr. Schindler.

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Condé Nast Plans Men’s Wear Trade

dnr cover.jpgAs we mentioned last week, on New Year’s Eve Mediaweek reported on rumors that Condé Nast‘s Fairchild Fashion Group, which publishes Women’s Wear Daily, is working on a trade publication that will focus on the men’s wear market.

This report adds intel that the publication is set to launch in June, and it will be led by WWD‘s editor Ed Nardoza and publisher Marc Berger, the former Men’s Vogue publisher who was brought on as publisher of Footwear News, another Fairchild trade pub, in June.

Mediaweek was also unclear how the new magazine would differ from DNR, which Condé folded into WWD just over a year ago. If it turns out to be a weekly, the new pub will likely be the same as the shuttered 115-year-old trade magazine, but if it turns out to be a monthly, it will look more like Menswear, DNR‘s sister pub that also closed up shop in 2008.

Read more: Condé Nast to Launch Fashion Trade PubMediaweek

Previously: Year-end Condé Nast News

Ex Men’s Vogue Publisher Finds A New Home At Conde Nast

berger.jpgThree months after Richard Beckman took over as CEO of Conde Nast-owned Fairchild Fashion Group, he has made his first big hire. Beckman has brought on former Men’s Vogue publisher Marc Berger as publisher of trade pub Footwear News.

Berger has replaced Jay Spaleta, who was named publisher of WWD in April 2004 and moved to oversee the smaller trade publications DNR and FN in August 2007. After DNR folded last year, Spaleta’s only charge was FN, Conde Nast‘s smallest magazine.

Berger was previously the publisher at Conde title Men’s Vogue which folded last year. Before that, he worked at Details (also Spaleta’s former home), Cargo, Vanity Fair and GQ.

Full release after the jump

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Men’s Vogue and Portfolio: The Morning After

Yesterday was one of the darkest days yet for print media, and is some cases online, too — one Conde staffer told us that during the meeting to announce the layoffs and scale backs at Men’s Vogue even Anna Wintour choked up. And there’s till no word yet on how many people are being cut from Portfolio.com or when the cuts will take place. Rumor has it they are taking their time informing staffers. It’s also unclear why the website is being scaled back so drastically since staffers were recently told that they have been “meeting their revenue goals for 2008 while the magazine has not.” And then there was this bit of forward-thinking:

According to a person who attended the meeting, one of the staff’s braver souls asked why the Web site was being punished more severely than the magazine. “He gave a sort of corporate-speak answer, and what it appeared to boil down to is, is ‘This is a magazine company,’…And it left the impression that the Web site was sacrificed to save the magazine.”

Hard to believe magazines are faltering under that sort of leadership! Meanwhile over at Men’s Vogue publisher Marc Berger is reportedly leaving the company, while editor-in-chief Jay Fielden will stay on.