“Leader of the Free World Interviewed by Glamour.” That was the headline on a blog post at the National Review’s Web site after WWD reported Cindi Leive interviewed President Barack Obama last month. “Can’t wait to see what he thinks of the new fall collection. Next month, the Cosmo interview!” National contributor Jim Geraghty cattily wrote.
The reception from other pundits and conservative bloggers wasn’t any kinder. The logic goes the President has more important issues to attend to than sit down with a fashion magazine. “The grumbling about Obama’s fluff interviews would be quieter if the country were in a time of peace and prosperity, or if he hadn’t gone close to eight weeks without a press conference,” Geraghty expanded in a follow-up e-mail.
So what’s so different about Obama’s interview? “Obama may be getting more grief than Bush did, but the state of the country might have voters less patient about the fluff interviews than in a normal political environment,” Geraghty wrote. Leive declined to comment further, or discuss the other topics of the interview. Glamour has also approached the Romney campaign for an interview, but they have not reached an agreement yet. “We’d certainly like to have one,” a magazine spokeswoman said.
David’s Bridal Sold
Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a private equity investment firm, has signed a deal to acquire the multichain retailer David’s Bridal Inc. The company is valued at about $1.05 billion but other terms of the deal were not disclosed. As part of the agreement, Leonard Green & Partners will continue as a minority partner.
CD&R operating partner Paul Pressler, who previously worked as chief executive officer of Gap Inc. and as chairman of global theme parks and resorts at Disney, will take on the role of chairman when the deal is finalized. The transaction is expected to be completed before the end of the year.
Miu Miu’s Next Chapter
Miu Miu is set to unveil the fourth chapter of its “Women’s Tales” short movie saga at the Venice Film Festival, which runs from Friday to Sept. 8. Directed by Tehran, Iran-native Massy Tadjedin, “It’s Getting Late” celebrates the ritual of dressing up, showing four women — actresses Patricia Clarkson, Gemma Arterton, Rinko Kikuchi and Aubrey Plaza — getting ready for a night out at The Hotel Cafè club in Hollywood to attend a live performance from singer Zola Jesus.
The short movie will be screened, along with the previous episodes of the mini-movie saga, on Aug. 30 at Lido’s Sala Darsena, kicking off a three-day event organized by Miu Miu in collaboration with Venice Days, an independent film show promoting avant-garde cinema.
The event’s schedule includes meetings with the four “Women’s Tales” directors — Zoe Cassavetes, Lucrecia Martel, Giada Colagrande and Tadjedin — and panel discussions on women’s creativity with several cinema personalities, including film directors Liliana Cavani, Mira Nair and Susanne Bier.
– Taneisha Jordan
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