— Amy Wicks
— Amy Wicks
GET OUT THE VOTE: There are few things one can imagine Mario Batali, Edie Falco, Debbie Harry, Sen. Chuck Hagel, Wes Craven, Al Sharpton and CNN talking head and Republican strategist Alex Castellanos all getting behind, but this weekend they’ll have both The New Yorker Festival and voter registration over which to bond. The star power is being corralled to register voters at festival headquarters at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Also pitching in are the magazine’s own staff writers, including Michael Specter and Ariel Levy, and, most likely, editor David Remnick. If only New York were a swing state.
— Irin Carmon
SETTING HER SITE: Sojin Lee, formerly head of retail and buying at Net-a-porter.com, has a new fashion Web site in the works, but she won’t be competing with her former employer. According to industry sources, the new site will feature videos and involve major fashion and luxury houses. It will be launched later this year in conjunction with Simon Fuller’s 19 Entertainment Ltd., the London-based media and branded entertainment firm that’s behind Victoria Beckham’s dVb brand and designer Roland Mouret’s RM label. Earlier this month, 19 Entertainment hired Susanne Tide-Frater, a former creative director of Harrods, as a development consultant who will work on the firm’s existing and future fashion projects. It’s unclear whether Tide-Frater will work on the site with Lee, who left Net-a-porter early last year.
— Samantha Conti