Hello and Harrumph.
Yes, we realize how inexcusably rude a greeting of this nature is; we are more than a little cranky this morning. Pourquoi ça? Because we have multiple SOTTs (Sign Of The Times) in today’s post, and we don’t like them.
And because the world just shrank. Again.
We are going to be forced to say goodbye to a longtime friend, legendary in the field:
“Gourmet magazine will cease monthly publication, but we will remain committed to the brand, retaining Gourmet’s book publishing and television programming, and Gourmet recipes on Epicurious.com.
Most insiders thought Bon Appetit would be sacrificed to save the storied Gourmet brand, the news this morning caught many by surprise.
Also being shuttered by the publishing giant: Elegant Bride.
And Modern Bride.
Filling out the quartet of closures: Cookie.
As a businessperson we completely understand the circumstances leading to this morning’s grim news. Two food magazines in this environment is one too many. Three bridal books consolidated into one, we comprehend this decision. But it doesn’t mean we have to like any of it. (Yes, the Princess is pouting.)
A few related points that may be of interest:
- The November issues of Gourmet and Cookie will be their last; Fall Elegant Bride is that magazine’s final printing and the October/November issue is the last for Modern Bride
- To ‘offset’ the end of Modern Bride and Elegant Bride, Conde will boost the frequency of Brides; it becomes a monthly.
- the Cookie and Gourmet.com sites will be up through the end of the year
If this carries a familiar sound familiar it may be the recollection of Conde announcing the Portfolio and/or Domino closures, the end of Golf for Women, or the news that Men’s Vogue would be ‘incorporated into’ Vogue.
In the photo above of Ms. Burch with actress Blake Lively it may appear the scenes were shot on location at the designer’s office; that is not the case. A special set was constructed to replicate that site.
In a People magazine story Ms. Burch was asked to put together looks for two of the program’s main characters: Serena van der Woodsen (Ms. Lively) and Blair (Leighton Meester). Below, the styles selected for ‘Serena’.
Next, the choices Ms. Burch came up with for ‘Blair’.
Before we fly, a quick query for our fellow Mad Men fanatics: did everyone notice where Joan is working now? For those who are not addicts fans, here is a clue.
We’re not sure how we feel about Pete Campbell describing Bonwit Teller as “The Republic of Dresses”. BTW, what does everyone think about Betty’s Junior League ‘project’?
With that deep thought (hee-hee-hee) to ponder we shall say ‘g’bye until next time!