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Elle Names Design Director

elle magazine logo GElle has named Evan Campisi its design director. Campisi joins the magazine from Nylon, where he served in the same role since 2012. He previously served as Entertainment Weekly’s associate art director.

“Evan’s talent will continue our tradition of creative innovation, and I’m thrilled to welcome him to Elle,” said Robbie Myers, the glossy’s editor, in a statement.

Campisi is filling the role vacated by Paul Ritter, who left Elle last year to join Glamour.

Campisi begins his new role July 23 and will report to Alex Gonzalez, Elle’s creative director.

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Elle Names Alex Gonzalez Creative Director

Someone’s ears must have been burning. On Monday, we wondered if Alex Gonzalez would become Elle’s next creative director, and today, it’s official — he’s joining the magazine in that role, starting in June. Gonzalez is succeeding Joe Zee, who left Elle to join Yahoo.

As part of the Elle deal, Gonzalez will drop his duties as Marie Claire’s artistic director, but continue as Town & Country’s executive artistic director.

Elle has always captured that which is current and evoked emotion through the bold visual representation of how fashion, beauty and culture intersect, and Alex has an innate understanding of that vision,” said Elle’s editor, Robbie Myers, in a statement.

Elle Continues Search for Creative Director

The search for Elle’s new creative director is not going so well. Joe Zee left the magazine over a month ago and since then, a couple well qualified people have turned Elle down.

According to WWD, Robbie Myers, Elle’s editor, has asked T, The New York Times Style Magazine’s creative director Patrick Li, as well as David Sebbah (a former T staffer) to fill the void left by Zee, and both declined.

With Li and Sebbah out of the running, who’s left? Alex Gonzalez. Gonzalez is currently Marie Claire’s artistic director and Town & Country’s design director. If Gonzalez takes the role of Elle’s creative director, Myers would ask Gonzalez to drop Marie Claire, because she views it as a competitor.

Elle Relaunches Elle Accessories

Elle is relaunching Elle Accessories, which originally debuted in 2005, but went on a hiatus in 2008. The new version will come packaged with the October issue and be available on newsstands September 18 for $4.95.

The updated title will include content from elle.com and its various social media platforms. To coincide with the launch, Elle’s website will include a “shopable accessories database.”

“Accessories are fundamental to how Elle covers fashion,” said Robbie Myers, editor-in-chief of Elle. “Elle Accessories will bring our accessory-obsessed audience the latest trends, shopping, and news through the varied lenses of our editors.”

Sounds great, but why, exactly, is Elle relaunching the magazine? According to its research, Americans spent about $36 billion on accessories last year. That’s a hell of a lot of scrunchies.

Katie Couric, Star Jones & the Fashion Week Flock

1003_mockup.gifThe media A-list has decided that winter is over (did it ever start?) and came out of hibernation in a major way at Michael’s today. Every square inch of the dining room was occupied by boldface names of every description from social swans (Amy Fine Collins) to talking heads (Star Jones, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Jeff Greenfield).  The joint was really jumping by the time Katie Couric arrived for a late lunch and stopped by our table to say hello. Since it’s Fashion Week, we just had to ask her about the killer shoes she was rocking. “I got them at the Manolo Blahnik sample sale,” she told me. “They had way too many shoes in size 6 1/2!” From the ‘I’ll have what she’s having’ department: We couldn’t help but notice that Katie, who was sporting a glowing tan and an LBD accessorized with just the right amount of gold bling, looks better than ever. What’s your secret?

I was joined today by a fascinating trio of women. Psychic medium Char Margolis, her literary agent Corinda Carfora (who just happens to sing backup for Bruce Springsteen – I’m not kidding) and my good friend, psychotherapist Dr. Robi Ludwig, who is the go-to therapist for the Today show and jewelry designer behind Gems en Vogue II, available on shopnbc.com. We got together to celebrate the publication of Char’s new book, Love Karma: Use Your Intuition to Find, Create, and Nurture Love in Your Life (Sterling Ethos). Char’s been busy taping segments on the book for The Doctors, Dr. Phil, Extra and Dr. Oz (whose segment will air during sweeps this month). She’s filming a segment for Dr. Steve tonight and then she’s off to more appearances in Amsterdam, where she had her own prime time television show for a decade, before going to South Africa for book signings and a speaking tour. (She’s also squeezing in a safari in her spare time). Char, who famously told Kelly Ripa she was pregnant during an appearance on Live with Reigs & Kelly, tells me that the most rewarding aspect of  her work is “connecting people with their loved ones in the spirit world” through private readings and small group sessions.  Not surprisingly, she said the hardest thing is working with someone who has lost a child.

Corinda Carfora, Char Margolis, Diane Clehane and Dr. Robi Ludwig
L to R: Corinda Carfora, Char Margolis, Diane Clehane and Dr. Robi Ludwig

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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.

Joe Torre, Joan Collins and a Mogul Mashup

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— DIANE CLEHANE

I knew I was in for an interesting afternoon when I saw ’80s icon Joan Collins and former Yankee skipper Joe Torre arrive at Michael’s within minutes of each other. Where else would you possibly expect to run into two icons at the opposite ends of the pop cultural spectrum at lunch in Manhattan? The funny thing was barely anyone noticed. The  crowd was much too busy trying to figure out what all the media moguls were discussing at their tables. Sorry to disappoint, but I can’t read lips so I’m not much help on that front. However, I can report these captains of industry barely took a breath between bites and there were a lot of points being made with forks in the air.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Discovery ID’s head honcho Henry Schleiff, holding court with four important-looking folks

2. Joan Collins, husband Percy Gibson and an unidentified preppie. The Dynasty star was in full diva mode as she sauntered to her table peering out at the crowd from beneath the brim of her gray cowboy hat. Alexis Carrington lives!

3.  For a minute we thought Bono might be stopping by when we heard manager Paul McGuinness had reserved the table, but it turned out his guests were two folks who definitely were not members of U2.

4. Mike Ovitz, talking a blue streak while his lunch date spent much of the time listening with his arms crossed. Whatever could that body language mean?

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Elle‘s Robbie Myers: ‘Good Fashion Reporters are Gold To Me’

In the final segment of her Media Beat interview Elle editor-in-chief Robbie Myers gives us a sneak peek at what the magazine has in store for its ‘early adopter’ readers with the launch of its iPad app (“That’s where we need to be”), which will coincide with the on-sale date of the October issue.

Turns out October is a big month for Elle as the magazine will also be celebrating its 25th anniversary. And what better way to do it than to deconstruct what it means to be 25 years old today? Myers and her team delve into the lives of twenty-five 25 year old women in the issue (and on-line) to learn about what makes them tick. At the top of the list: fashion, of course. But Myers insists there’s plenty of substance behind their style fixation.

And for those “beautifully educated people” who might be thinking about applying for a job at Elle, Myers offers these sage words of advice: learn to report — and be enthusiastic while doing it.

Part 1: Robbie Myers Brings Fashion Week to Elle.com

Part 2: Elle‘s Robbie Myers: ‘Project Runway Raised Our Profile’

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Elle‘s Robbie Myers: ‘Project Runway Raised Our Profile’

In part two of her Media Beat sit-down, Elle editrix Robbie Myers explains how television has heightened the magazine’s presence and catapulted it into the mainstream.

From scoring a pop cultural bull’s eye by signing on to the early days of Project Runway (“a gamechanger”) to playing a starring role on the low-rated Stylista, Myers says it’s all good for “the Elle brand.” And, in a industry filled with ready-for-their close-up divas, the telegenic EIC reveals why she’s content to let staffers like creative director Joe Zee, who is launching his own show on The Sundance Channel, and Erin Kaplan, the magazine’s PR honcho and star of The City, shine in the TV spotlight.

“I’m thrilled and delighted that we have so many interesting and smart people,” Myers said. “What I like to say about Elle is there is no house style; it’s an ethos or a spirit. I don’t need to be the only filter.”

Part 1: Robbie Myers Brings Fashion Week to Elle.com

Part 3: Elle‘s Robbie Myers: ‘Good Fashion Reporters are Gold To Me’

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Robbie Myers Brings Fashion Week to Elle.com

For the second week of mediabistro.com’s Profit From Your Passion series, we’re focusing on media careers and advice for The Fashionista. So, it’s only right that we sat down with Elle‘s editor in chief Robbie Myers before all the Fashion Week madness kicked off.

In this first installment of her three-part interview, Myers dished about the event’s major move uptown to its ultra glam new home at Lincoln Center. “Lincoln Center is one of the great cultural destinations in the world, and I think that it’s nice that fashion is being elevated really to the arts,” she said.

Elle is also throwing its first-ever design competition with RISD featuring a star-studded panel of judges (Tommy Hilfiger! Derek Lam!) and will allow civilian stylistas to weigh in on the show by casting their ‘People’s Choice’ vote online.

“It’s either the fourth or fifth year in a row that we’ve had more shows on Elle.com than on any competing website, said Myers. “My feeling is if you love fashion, you wanna be on Elle.com.”

Part 2: Elle‘s Robbie Myers: ‘Project Runway Raised Our Profile’

Part 3: Elle‘s Robbie Myers: ‘Good Fashion Reporters are Gold To Me’

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