Memo Pad: Power Of The Press... Designers Dispute... Hey, Daddy-O...

Luxury titan Bernard Arnault is becoming quite the press baron, too.

HEY, DADDY-O: Former Barneys New York co-chief executive officer Gene Pressman and DJ-turned-marketer Noah Kerner span both generations and talents, so it was fitting that guests of all ages and industries turned up to celebrate their book, "Chasing Cool: Standing Out in Today's Cluttered Marketplace," including co-hosts Richard Meier and Amy Sacco. (The latter lent Bungalow 8, extolled in the book for capturing cool, for the occasion.) Fashion folk in tow included Vera Wang; GQ Style Guy Glenn O'Brien, who had been creative director of Barneys advertising; editor in chief Dirk Standen, and In Style fashion director Hal Rubenstein. "The party was interesting — people from the old Barneys era, people in all different industries, friends, young and old," Pressman said the next day.

Not present at the party, however, was Vanity Fair editor in chief Graydon Carter, who up until last fall had Pressman on his masthead as a contributing editor, a gig that appears to have lasted since 2000 without any bylines. A spokeswoman for the magazine denied speculation Pressman had fallen out of favor with Carter, whose magazine carried a small plug for the book in June, and noted Pressman had actually been off contract since 2003. (Students of the always-copious list of Vanity Fair contributing editors will note that it took three years for Pressman's status change to appear.) As for how co-authors Pressman and Kerner thrashed out their definition of cool, Pressman said, "We didn't agree on everything, but we sort of came to the same place. I think it was kind of an interesting learning experience....I think the older generation, or every generation, has a habit of thinking their generation was the best, whether it be music, art, whatever, and I think Noah pointed out that when you do that, you sound old. And he's right. I think there's great talent in every generation."

— Irin Carmon

Former Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia executive and Time Out editorial director Cyndi Stivers is gearing up for the launch of her new green lifestyle Internet company, Blue Egg. And at least one former employee has followed her: Cindy del Rosario Tapan, who helped launch Martha Stewart Living Radio and served as program director there, and who is now the managing editor of Blue Egg. One affiliated site,, which bills itself as "an online directory of green design and building professionals," has already gone live. There, Blue Egg is described as "a media company dedicated to providing inspiration, pathways and solutions to enable all to live a more sustainable life." — I.C.
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