Also predictably, the results of that research soon landed on the cover. Beginning in January, cover alterations began appearing, with the box around the phrase, "The Magazine About Shopping," as the first to go. A few months later, a new, shortened logo appeared and in July, the top of the cover was updated to — of course — "The Magazine About Shopping and Style." The September issue was the first cover to appear without the advertiser-friendly cover flap.
So far readers appear to approve what they're seeing, as newsstand sales are up 11.9 percent to 250,843 and overall circulation rose 9.4 percent during the first half of this year, according to Publishers Information Bureau. Through June, the only stumbling block seemed to be the May cover with Avril Lavigne. The magazine's circulation was actually up 1.8 percent over May 2006; however, it was the smallest increase during the first half of the year. "We do well when we feature an unpolarizing celebrity," offered France, regarding Lavigne. The January issue, with Katherine Heigl, was the most successful, up 24.9 percent from the January 2006 issue.
While France has been busy tending to edit changes, vice president and publisher Sandy Golinkin began seeking out her own market research more than a year ago. Her findings have become part of Lucky's latest ad campaign — its first since the magazine launched. The campaign, called "Chic Meets Street," will break during New York Fashion Week. Staying with the tradition of using "real" women as models, Lucky asked Scott Schuman, contributing editor at GQ, to shoot stylish women he found in New York, from a painter to a public relations director. The campaign is aimed at getting advertisers to see beyond the old "shopping title" phrase, and instead, see the magazine "as a reality-based title where editors create a community of style and readers can participate in that," Golinkin said.