GEARING UP: Portfolio editor in chief Joanne Lipman "does not want for confidence," notes Mark Fass in a story in New York magazine this week. In the article, Lipman says of her stint at The Wall Street Journal and the launch of its Weekend Journal section: "Every single thing we were doing was completely brand new….I reinvented the wheel." As for the naysayers who doubt the upcoming launch on April 16, Portfolio deputy editor Amy Stevens has a name for them — "The Schadenfreude Squad." Condé Nast Publications chairman S.I. Newhouse Jr. tells New York: "Launches involve a considerable amount of risk. It's something to get excited about. The outlook is favorable, but life is a gamble." (WWD is also owned by Condé Nast Publications.) But he stresses the company is in it for the long haul, adding of Portfolio: "There's not, in our thinking, a time limit on it. We're going to make it work." — I.C.
NEW STYLE: In Style has tapped Maria Eliason as its new executive director, international fashion, ad sales. She will oversee the magazine's international fashion advertising and report to associate publisher Lisa Jordan Helms. Eliason, who took up her new position on Thursday, joined In Style from Vanity Fair, where she held the same title. Eliason spent seven years at the Condé Nast title; prior to that she was the fashion and jewelry manager at both Mirabella and Marie Claire. In Style group publisher Lynette Harrison said Eliason will help strengthen In Style's "ties in the domestic and European fashion communities." — Stephanie D. Smith