First Lady Style Watch
Word has gotten out from publicists and fashion news authority Women’s Wear Daily that first lady Michelle Obama has endorsed yet another one of Barbara Tfank’s ladylike designs for a heavily monitored public appearance. It is said to be the fifth time that the first lady has donned a Barbara Tfank frock. She wore the ravishing outfit at a meet-and-greet in Gainesville, Fla., for a young girls’ after-school program called Girls’ Place on September 17.
“A friend, who Tfank had shown the unusual fabric to, spotted the dress on C-SPAN and called the designer to tell her the news,” reported WWD.
According to our perhaps inaccurate tally, this means that Ms. Obama has worn Tfank to more public appearances than any other high-end American fashion designer, which leads us to ask: Is Barbara Tfank Ms. Obama’s new designer of choice? Has Ms. Tfank overtaken the feminine and playful aesthetic of Jason Wu?
New Age/New Media guru Arianna Huffington’s love of sleep is well documented. There’s the “sleep your way to the top—literally” TED talk, the sleep challenge and the famous AOL nap rooms. That story that she hides her three BlackBerrys in the bathroom while she sleeps is inextricable from her personal mythology.
John Koblin’s replacement at WWD’s media desk has been named. A living Wall Street Journal legend leaves the building. Martha Stewart gets as gritty as Martha Stewart gets (out of prison). Writers are under fire, writers have scissors, writers have scalps, writers have taxes. Here’s your Friday Media Brief:
Big in 2011
AOL will sell more than 800 patents to Microsoft in exchange for $1.056 billion in cash, the company announced today. The dial-up giant retained patents of 300 “core and strategic” technologies, which it will non-exclusively license to Microsoft in the same deal.
The auction for the patents began last fall, part of the company’s long term plan to “unlock value” for shareholders. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2012, and the company says it plans to return a significant portion of the proceeds to shareholders.
Meanwhile, WWD caught AOL and Huffington Post editor Arianna Huffington at her book party for Kathy Freston (Ms. Freston introduced Ms. Huffington to her business partner Kenneth Lerer), to find out how she felt about about her growing influence at AOL.
New Media vs Old Media
It was a quiet afternoon when The Observer came across a profile of actress Greta Gerwig in Women’s Wear Daily.
Any profile on Ms. Gerwig appeals to The Observer as a reasonable thing to aggregate. The actress is very much of the moment. Ms. Gerwig has both cult cache Read More
Digital sales dropped for every magazine that provides subscription data to the American Bureau of Circulation, reports WWD’s MemoPad.
Wired never again came close to its 100,000-sale first edition, and now appears to be leveling out around 22,000. Glamour app sales dropped 20 percent from September to October and another 20 from October Read More
Hugo Lindgren was named editor of The New York Times Magazine in late September, a job that puts him in direct competition with his former boss, New York editor Adam Moss. WWD’s John Koblin has written a lengthy history of their relationship that gives us a deep look inside a media bromance gone Read More
Having made successful forays into a number of diverse industries, lifestyle mogul Martha Stewart seems to now be headed to the storefront. In a onstage interview with Home Shopping Network CEO Mindy Grossman held during the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Executive Women in Fashion event, Ms. Stewart said that there is a chance we will Read More
In addition to announcing a hiring chill, Condé Nast C.E.O. Chuck Townsend has informed his publishers that their annual retreat will not be in Florida ths year as originally planned; it’ll be in New York instead.
This year’s meeting was scheduled to be at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Read More
So there’s LeBron James, arm wrapped around Gisele Bundchen, dribbling a basketball and busting into a howl on the cover of the new Vogue.
The Today Show wondered if it was racist and the AP found a magazine analyst to say he’s King Kong to Gisele’s damsel in distress.
WWD‘s Stephanie Smith Read More