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Daul Kim Found Dead

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Model Daul Kim was found dead in her Paris apartment this morning from an apparent suicide, her agents at Next confirmed. Her agents released the following statement. “She was a top model and a great friend to all of us at Next. Please respect her family’s privacy at this time of sadness. We will all miss her very much.”

Her final blogpost was entitled “Say hi to forever.” She was 20-years-old.

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What Victoria Secret Angels Are Walking the Runway?

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We all look forward to the gorgeous scantily clad Angels who know they’re the hottest commodity – because they are – but you won’t be seeing a few regulars, seeing that the stork is delivering mini-angels in the next several months. But, it’s not such a horrible thing to see new faces – and i know you will agree.

Although Heidi Klum’s post-pregnancy silhouette is less than Victoria’s Secret ready, the Aphrodite-esque mother of four is sidelined from walking but will be hosting the show. Adriana Lima continues to sport her bump and Karolina Kurkova has recently given birth to a boy.

According to Modelinia,

Erin Heatherton, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Candice Swanepoel, Lindsay Ellingson, Chanel Iman, Liu Wen, Izabel Goulart, Isabeli Fontana, Shannan Click, Flavia de Oliveira, Lyndsey Scott, Aminata Niaria, Caroline Trentini, Caroline Winberg, and Lily Aldridge are all confirmed to walk in the show this year! It’s an especially exciting moment for Liu, as she’s the first Asian model to take part in the Victoria’s Secret show, and just as thrilling for Chanel, since she’ll be walking for the first time as well!

Alessandra Ambrosio and Selita Ebanks will be walking as well.

Tune in on December 1, 10/9C on CBS. We can’t wait!

 

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Telegraph.co.uk: ‘Men Only Buy Pants for 17 Years of Their Lives’

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The term, “Momma’s Boy” wasn’t invented without reason. U.K. department store, Debenhams, surveyed shoppers to find that men shopped only 17 years of their lives. Who is responsible for rest? Their mothers and wives/girlfriends.

The Telegraph revealed:

After a brief period of independence between the ages of 19 and 36 when men chose their own boxers or briefs, they then settle down and hand over the responsibilities to their girlfriends or wives. From then on, they are strangers to underwear departments.

Rob Faucherand at Debenhams said: “It is odd that even the most macho men delegate the duty of buying new underpants – the garment closest to their masculinity – to women as soon as they can.

“I’m sure Freudian analysis of this trait would give us all a clearer insight into human relationships.”

The country’s biggest pants retailer, Marks & Spencer, has for some time been aware this trend and ensures its male underwear section is targeted at its female shoppers. Manufacturers, most notably Armani, have also appealed to female sensitivities by publishing erotic photographs of David Beckham modelling its men’s underwear range.

A spokesman for M&S said: “We’ve noticed that the David Beckham-style hipster pants are bought predominantly by women, not men.”

The comments on M&S’s website about men’s pants are universally written by female customers.

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Condé Nast’s Numbers Are In

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Condé Nast revealed its 2009 ad-page statistics and the numbers are looking dismal.

The New York Times reveals that Condé Nast’s ad pages have depreciate by 31.6 percent since 2008 totaling 8,359 lost ad pages.

Architectural Digest’s ad pages fell 49.9 percent

W‘s ad pages plummeted 46 percent

Condé Nast Traveler‘s ad pages fell 41.1 percent

Details‘ ad pages are down 39 percent

Wired‘s ad pages are down 39 percent

Teen Vogue is down 38.9 percent

Vogue dropped 33 percent

GQ dropped 32.9  percent

Self dropped 23.2 percent

Brides dropped 18.6 percent

Glamour fell 17.8 percent

Statistics based on The Publisher’s Information Bureau

Condé Nast’s prim taste for luxury advertisers has been largely to blame, the New York Times said. Publishing house Meredith, having diversified with mass-market advertisers, was not impacted as heavily by the recession as Condé Nast. And to think that Glamour faired the best among the 4 Times Square publications.

You can browse a magazine’s ad page statistics and earnings with the link above.

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Baileys Irish Cream Joins the Pop-up Shop Fever

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Normally pop-up shop openings are omitted from Editorial Pursuits, but being that a liquor brand is jumping onto the pop-up shop bandwagon, I was stunned and suddenly the memories and animosity toward the kid in high school who dressed, acted and talked like me clouded my mind. But I realized that I had jumped the gun upon noticing “charity” proceeding “Pop-up Shop” and the ill feelings were melted away.

In the name of charity, Baileys Irish Cream will be retailing cream colored Casadei, L.A.M.B and Sergio Rossi for $75 from Nov. 11 until Nov. 13 at Robertson Boulevard, L.A. The bargain is a steal and should subdue that guilty conscience. Proceeds go to Clothes off Our Backs.

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Metropolitan Home Shutters

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Metropolitan Home will close its doors with its December issue, Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. announced on Monday.

It is one of several home magazines to be eliminated in the last two years, given the bad housing market and lack of disposable income for redecorating.

Its ad pages from July to September fell 35.7 percent, to 127.4 pages, from the same period a year earlier, according to the Publishers Information Bureau. That drop was around the same as Gourmet’s; Condé Nast recently closed that magazine.

Hachette also publishes Elle Decor and said it would focus its efforts on that magazine. Elle Decor is faring worse in terms of overall ad pages in the third quarter. They fell 46.9 percent, to 123.2 pages, from the same period a year earlier. [New York Times]

At least Hatchette has Elle, that is unless rumors of Elle selling off to S.I. Newhouse for Condé Nast are true.

 

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Are Magazines Too Stubborn? Is it Time To Diversify?

selfmagazinedecSelf magazine’s December 2009 issue

With elite magazines faring worse for wear as advertisers pull out of magazine, was it possible to prevent the loss of jobs? And from within this decrepit state, who is winning?

The problem is unlike the journalism argument, despite a downward trend in the journalism industry (for the moment), journalists will not cease to exist – proof in the Kindle vs. Book dilemma. But despite a shortage of jobs, there are those who walk into their offices boasting confidence in their job security.

With decreased advertisement revenue for many publishing houses, December 2009’s ad-page numbers (submitted by publishers) gives us a general idea of the winners and losers.

How so? The New York Times writes, “In general, it is not the elite titles that are faring better. Meredith, the Des Moines-based publisher of magazines like Family Circle, had several magazines that did better this year than last year. InStyle and Glamour, which carry a wider range of advertisements than some of their higher-end competitors, posted ad-page increases in their December issues, as did Real Simple, Southern Living and Cooking Light.”

Diversifying is the answer. Elite titles like Vogue and Elle are understandably picky in their choice of advertisement to save face for their elite editorial integrity, but their stance doesn’t change the fact that the revenue of such publications will see competitors from magazines willing to adapt.

Take Self magazine for example. Ignore the Kelly Clarkson controversy and try to maintain an objective mind. It’s January issue boasts the most ad pages for the month in twenty years. What’s changed? According to WWD‘s interview with Self vice-president and publisher, Kim Kelleher, “Beauty remains strong; auto advertising has returned, with six pages from Chevrolet alone, and new clients including Alamo Rent-a-Car have entered the fray. An eight-page insert from Wal-Mart also has helped to boost business.”

You shouldn’t think of their strategy as selling out or selling low. What’s better? Your favorite magazine taking the axe, or allowing Target to advertise its Rodarte diffusion line?

On a further note, via The New York Times:

Condé Nast, which also publishes Vogue and Vanity Fair, declined to release its numbers as a whole. Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., which publishes Elle and Car and Driver, also declined to release information.

Hearst declined to give specific numbers, but the publishing director, Michael Clinton, estimated that through the end of the year, its magazines would be down compared with last year. Six Hearst magazines had ad-page increases in December, he said: Good Housekeeping, House Beautiful, Marie Claire, Country Living, Cosmopolitan and O, the Oprah Magazine.

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