If you watched the last season of Entourage (or were forced to watch it with you boyfriend, but come on, you didn't really mind) you might have caught a scene where Jeremy Piven's Ari Gold calls someone named Alison Brod a c***. Brod is, of course, the PR maven with a serious penchant for pink whom you might remember as repping Whitney Port's line on The City (she's no longer listed as one of Brod's clients). But the well-heeled publicist wasn't peeved.
Welcome back to @NoBtotheS‘s series on the suicide inducing habits of people in the fashion industry. (Editor’s note: If you’re not familiar with NoBtotheS, or No Bullshit, s/he is an anonymous fashion publicist working in New York City who’s famed for a hilarious Twitter account.) I made my list, I checked it twice, I already know I'm naughty not nice...welcome to my holiday wish list. I want... 1. To be shot by the legendary Bill Cunningham and featured in NY Times Style section. Mr. Cunningham, I've restrained myself in the past from diving in front of your lens. You're so small and elderly I would hate to accidentally break your hip. This would only be doing both of us a favor! 2. For Joanna Hillman to attend a press preview. Period. 3. To share a leisurely lunch with two of my favorite foreign editors: Franca Sozzani and Carine Roitfeld. Oh, the stories they would tell! We would dish and drink and part as sisters.
I was tempted to leave this Derek Blasberg situation alone, but given the issues it brings up about the way fashion publishing works, I think it would be wrong not to address it. For those of you who haven't heard the story, here it goes: An editor over at Jezebel received a tip that fashion writer Blasberg asked YSL to pay him $2,500 to cover a party for Style.com, where he's Editor-at-Large (usually a title that comes with a retainer). According to our sources, Style.com's freelancers receive, on average, around $100 for covering a party (and $25 for regular posts), but we're assuming Blasberg's retainer affords him a bit more. He is a fairly big name, after all, with a recently-published book and steady gigs with Harper's Bazaar and V. Blasberg told Jezebel that he was hired to consult on the party's guest list. He covered the event the next day for Style.com. (And he hasn't been paid--and will not be paid, according to our inside sources.) Did he promise coverage to YSL? I'm doubtful. No. Why would he? They assume he's going to cover it. No bribery needed in this situation.