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04.23.2014
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Memo Pad: Was It As Good As The First Time?... Women's Movement... Out The Door...

Though The New York Times, New York magazine and The Wall Street Journal gave scathing reviews to the film adaptation of "Sex and the City," what did Ron...

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CondéNet editorial director Jamie Pallot admitted that the event was "a bit inside baseball," though he pointed out that online fashion coverage has "totally cast a whole new spotlight on people who used to be behind the scenes." Still, binoculars would not have been required to spot several conflicts of interest, the most glaring being that honoree Eugenia Gonzalez is Bastian's public relations director, and Berrin Noorata is director of communications for Gregory's labels, Rogan and Loomstate. Halmos said he felt the vibe "wasn't popularity-contesty," but noted that honoree Heidi Bivens did style Shipley & Halmos' fall show. "The fashion industry is so small," offered co-designer Shipley.

Meanwhile, considering the site's theme, is a Men of Fashion award in the offing? Pallot laughed and gave the nonresponse: "That's a whole other question." — Véronique Hyland

OUT THE DOOR:
Portfolio senior editor Bob Roe was dismissed from Portfolio late last Thursday, just over two months after the magazine declined to renew the contract of his wife, writer Nancy Hass. The news, first reported by Gawker Friday, did not come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the workings of the magazine, who said Roe had been openly disdainful of editor in chief Joanne Lipman. Privately, her camp said Roe had not been fulfilling his responsibilities. In turn, friends and former employees of Roe, who couldn't be reached late Friday, praised his work. Roe came from Sports Illustrated and was close to former Portfolio editors Michael Caruso and Jim Impoco, among other departed staffers. The magazine declined comment. — Irin Carmon

IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER:
Another magazine veteran is leaving print behind for the Web. Polly Blitzer, former assistant editor at In Style, has started her own site, BeautyBlitz.com, which she is marketing as the first national beauty magazine to be published entirely online. The site will feature celebrity editors, blogs and special sections and access to industry experts, and will include a team of former editors from magazines including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire and In Style.

Once the site hits a viable traffic benchmark, Blitzer plans to meet with beauty, fashion and lifestyle companies about advertising. "Strategic partnerships and branded content seem to be the future of online advertising, so we're pursuing those heavily," she said.

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