Memo Pad: Mag Pages Drop 26.6%... Fundraiser for Mariane Pearl's Film...

The third quarter presented more of the same for magazine publishers, with advertising revenue falling 18.6 percent to $4.5 billion.

FUND-RAISER: “How do you like my dress?” author Mariane Pearl asked the crowd assembled at the Bowery Hotel on Thursday. “Gucci! It doesn’t happen too often, so take pictures for posterity.”

The occasion was to raise funds for Pearl’s in-progress documentary, “Resilient,” partly inspired by her columns in Glamour on ordinary women who have overcome hardship to try to change their lives. Gucci is providing more than a dress; it’s also throwing in a grant from its Documentary Fund to help Pearl and her collaborators finish the film on four remarkable women.

What ties their stories together is the idea that “it’s not what happens to you, but what you do about what happens to you,” said Pearl, who first entered the public eye after the kidnapping and murder of her husband, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, in Pakistan seven years ago.

Co-host and Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive spoke warmly of Pearl, but added, “She’s not Mother Teresa. I’ve rarely heard profanity like when we sent her, a woman of Cuban extraction, to the Arctic Circle.” Maybe Gucci should send some outerwear.

— I.C.


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