off the record
An army of Miley Cyrus faithful—or “Smilers,” as they call themselves (adorable, we know)—gathered outside of Acme last Wednesday night, waiting to catch a glimpse of their mohawked idol on the red carpet.
When Ms. Cyrus, wearing a black leather biker jacket over a flowing white dress, arrived at the Soho restaurant to celebrate Cosmopolitan’s March issue, even those who were on the list acted the part of fangirl, rushing to grab cellphone pictures of the issue’s cover girl as she sprinted through the crowd and into the waiting arms of new editrix Joanna Coles.
Marina Khidekel has been named the new deputy editor at Cosmopolitan, FishbowlNY reports. Ms. Khidekel comes over to the Hearst tower from Condé Nast, where she was a senior articles editor at Glamour and covered health.
On Wednesday, Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles fired six staffers in the features department and two in the photo department. That is a significant portion of the features team–there are only one senior editor, one associate editor and two editorial assistants left, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
“New incoming editors in chief often want to form their own teams,”said a Cosmopolitan spokesperson. “We will be announcing more new hires shortly.”
Yesterday afternoon, after the staffers were let go, they returned to their desks to pack.
Ladies Who Lunch
The blowouts were bouncy, the purses shiny and the ambient tone loudly girlish at Michael’s on Monday afternoon. Joanna Coles, Cosmopolitan’s new editrix, was hosting the “Cosmo 100,” her first event as Hearst’s sexpert in chief. Midtown passersby gathered round the bay window to watch “New York’s most powerful and accomplished women” air kiss, pose for pictures and sip midday champagne.
“This is my first Cosmo lunch; I’m reigniting them because Helen Gurley Brown used to do them,” Ms. Coles, wearing a sleek black sleeveless turtleneck and black trousers, told the Transom. As precious lunch-hour minutes ticked by, Ms. Coles herded the fun, fearless women into the dining room.
The New York Times ombudswoman—yes: woman!—has made her first mark at the paper. What’s it look like? What’s up with Cosmo‘s new look? What do campaign reporters think about this year’s campaign? What piece absolutely needed to be written today that was finally written? All that, and more, in your Thursday Evening Media Briefs:
The Fall Fashion Season began with a complex game of editorial musical chairs at Hearst this morning. Current Marie Claire editor Joanna Coles has been named editor of famed women’s title Cosmopolitan, replacing a retiring Kate White. Brides editor Anne Fulenwider will replace Coles at Marie Claire. As of this publication time, no Read More
Fashion Week Observed
We arrived early for Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti at the Avery Fisher Hall. Plenty of time to take a breather and people watch. A familiar flank of top-level editors began to trickle in… Roberta Myers, Virginia Smith, Glenda Bailey—all the glossy women’s magazines were covered.
“Who’s hotter? Robbie Myers or Joanna Coles?” The Observer asked, Read More
Marie Claire editor Joanna Coles is to be the official mentor on the upcoming Project Runway: All Stars. The perhaps misleadingly titled show presents past fan favorite designers still struggling to make it in the fashion game; Ms. Coles’s role will be analogous to that of Tim Gunn in the regular-flavor Project Runway. Read More
Perils and Possibilities
Chelsea Clinton arrived at the 44th floor of Hearst Tower Tuesday night (“with amaaaaze makeup and an impeccable blowout,” one fan tweeted from the publisher’s headquarters) and soon began whispering with Randi Zuckerberg in the corner. The Observer, taking notes on the surrounding scene (high heels, designer dresses, crispy cheesesticks), lurked nearby, waiting to Read More
Chick flick veterans grace the cover of this month’s Marie Claire, but last Wednesday more serious topics were on the lunch table. Editor Joanna Coles hosted an informal luncheon on the top floor of Hearst Tower to discuss how the press covers women in international crises. The guest of honor was United Nations undersecretary general for Read More