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Marie Claire editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider announced today that the magazine has made two new hires and one new promotion.
First up is Julia Felsenthal, who’s been appointed to senior editor, effective September 30th. Working under executive editor Riza Cruz, she’ll will be writing and editing features, as well as overseeing the magazine’s @Play section and lifestyle projects. Ms. Felsenthal—who’s also worked at Slate and Domino—most recently served as features editor for T: The New York Times Magazine, where she has been since April 2012.
Big Apple Idolatry
On a rainy Monday, Marie Claire threw a luncheon at Marea, the chic Columbus Circle seafood spot, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Equal Pay Act. And how better to acknowledge the state of working women (we hear they are leaning in of late) than by eating lobster salad and listening to highly accomplished women recount their early successes?
Speaking at the lunch were Tory Burch, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Sarah Jessica Parker and Katie Couric—who were featured in a spread in this month’s magazine along with Serena Williams, who was expected to attend but was stuck in Paris doing publicity after winning the French Open.
Anne Fulenwider, who returned to Marie Claire to replace Joanna Coles as editor in chief last September, played emcee for the afternoon.
– Just in time for the vice presidential debates, here’s Paul Ryan looking like Zach Morris’s stand-in during a TIME Magazine photo shoot that teased him by saying it was considering naming him its man of the year. Yeah, right!
In the August issue of Marie Claire, cover subject Kristen Wiig says that the success of Bridesmaids had nothing to do with her departure from Saturday Night Live this year. Though handicapping how soon it would be before the newly-minted movie star would depart the sketch show became a parlor game last summer, Read More
Joe Zee and his violin were featured in “Posessed,” the Times Sunday Styles feature that gives free, tightly controlled publicity to bold face names with projects to promote (see Rose McGowan, Conan the Barbarian), and Stephen Adly Guirgis, The Motherfucker With The Hat) under the pretense of writing about their favorite objets.
Joe Zee, whose Sundance reality show “All on the Line” starts up again in November, would like to tell us about his violin because it’s a symbol of how he’s good at… everything.
“I was good at everything,” said Mr. Zee. “I was like Tracy Flick, sitting in the front row and raising my hand for everything. English, math — anything with a textbook. I was good at consuming knowledge. And I was great at home ec!”
Perils and Possibilities
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 Read More
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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 Read More
In fashion, you’re either in or you’re out.
Publishing is a bit more nuanced.
As a result, Hearst’s takeover of Hachette Filipacchi Media is going to lead to some awkward elevator run-ins. Take, for instance, the expected reunion between Marie Claire fashion director Nina Garcia and her former colleagues at Elle. She was fired by Read More
The Shindigger, Shindigger, Parties
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
“Here, close your eyes,” Hearst president David Carey told the Observer. Mr. Carey, dressed like The Publisher in a Gray Flannel Suit with a red tie, held a copy of the September Marie Claire in his hands.
Mr. Carey dropped the magazine on the floor. Thwack.
“It didn’t sound like that in Read More