Category Archives: Women's

French magazine Hotel & Lodge changes hands

Hôtel & Lodge, a bi-monthly lifestyle and travel magazine covering the latest amongst prestigious resorts, boutique hotels as well as lodges and 5-star palaces has just been sold by its two main shareholders, the enthusiast magazine publishers Nivéales and Editions Larivière, to press entrepreneur Michel Comboul.

This travel magazine, launched in 2002, currently generates an estimated turnover of €700 000 with a circulation of 49 600 copies per issue (6x).

As a reminder, Michel Comboul is the former President and CEO of the French Riviera publisher Nice Matin, as well as head of the Syndicat de la Presse Quotidienne Régionale (“Association of Regional Newspaper Publishers”) and the Fédération Nationale de la Presse Française (“Association of French National Press Publishers”).

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U.S. edition of Elle marks its 25th anniversary

The American edition of Elle launched 25 years ago already!  For the occasion, the French-owned magazine’s October issue is coming up with several covers featuring four young American actresses.

Elle U.S.’ ad pages are up an incredible 47% YoY as advertisers have been lining up to take part in the magazine’s 25th anniversary celebration.  Kevin Martinez, VP/Brand Publisher, told trade publication min that Elle’s “cutting-edge marketing programs and incredible effort by a tremendous sales team contributed to our success. The October issue will also be the first issue featured on our new iPad app, which offered extra incentive for our advertisers.”

Celebrating its anniversary with a four-cover split run (see covers above), Elle managed to ignite eye-catching controversy with its September cover featuring a retouched Gabourey Sidibe.  So the good times are still rolling for Elle U.S. it seems despite the many management changes

Lagardère launches Belgian edition of Psychologies magazine

Psychologies magazine just launched its 12th international edition in Belgium, a small European country currently on the verge of being split in two.  This new “dual” edition will be published under license by Lagardère’s usual partner there, Edition Ventures, which already publishes local versions of Elle, Elle Decor and Art & Decoration).  There will be a French and a Flemish edition of the magazine for both communities with a print run of 35 000 copies a month each.

Since the inception of the Italian edition in 2004, Psychologies magazine has now global editions in China, Russia, Spain, Great-Britain, South Africa, Mexico, Greece, and some more.

Germany: Karl Lagerfeld presents outfits to sew in Burda Style mag

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld talks about stylish craftsmanship in the October issue of Burda Style Germany and offers readers two exclusive “Lagerfeld patterns” to work.

He is one of the greatest fashion designers in the world: Karl Lagerfeld. His name is inseparable from the Chanel, Chloé, Valentino and Fendi couture houses. In the October issue of Burda Style of fashion czar will exclusively make two of his latest designs available to the readers of the magazine for free.  One is a jacket and the other one a skirt, both penned by the designer himself and available for the readers to sew themselves.

In the inside interview with the German master, he speaks up about style, craftsmanship and the current “Do-It-Yourself” fashion trend. His tip for timeless style: “Every woman should necessarily have a pair of jeans, a nice skirt, a white shirt, a classic jacket and a nice jumper in her wardrobe.”

Chanel Headquarters, Place Vendôme, Paris.

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To the question whether one can acquire style over time, the native of Hamburg replies: “It is better one was born with that notion. There are no after-hours classes one can attend, style comes naturally. One cannot analyze style. If you’ve got it, it will show in all things you wear or do. “

The full interview with Karl Lagerfeld and the exclusive patterns can be found in the October issue of Burda Style, available in German newsstands from September 15.

Gala publishes 3D issue in France

French celebrity weekly Gala just released its last issue today September 15, which comes with a free pair of 3D glasses since the issue is exceptionally three-dimensional.  It features French 60’s pop legend Michel Polnareff at 60 with his pregnant girlfriend on the cover.

All articles and ad pages published in this issue of Gala are embedded with a 3D feature.  It is a first for the celebrity and style weekly published by Prisma Presse, French subsidiary of German media giant Gruner + Jahr! The title, which has a circulation of 268 199 copies per week, has embraced a strategy of “creative coups” after introducing a daily Gala Croisette during the last Cannes Film Festival in May for instance.  It will also publish a daily version during the Paris Fashion Week that starts on September 28 until Cctober 8, 2010.

French Marie Claire’s October issue comes out with a refreshed look and feel

Marie Claire Group just launched a new version on its flagship edition Marie Claire in France on September 9 (October issue).  The issue features French actress Mélanie Thierry on the cover.

The monthly title has  a circulation of 430 124 copies per issue (DFP 2009), but aims to get back to its “fundamentals” i.e. to engage more with readers and voice its opinion more publicly especially on key women’s issues, under the impulse of its new Editorial Director Christine Leiritz, who succeeded Tina Kieffer at the end of 2009.

Click to have a peak inside the October issue of Marie Claire France.

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French leather goods brand “Lancel” launches custom magazine “by LANCEL” with Omedia

Lancel just  released the premier issue of its customer magazine called “by LANCEL“, designed in collaboration with the Paris agency editorial agency Omedia.  The magazine will be available in all Lancel stores worldwide to the brand’s customers.  The debut issue features 84 pages and is called «Le magazine de la French légèreté by Lancel» (The magazine of French lightness by Lancel in English) and will take readers behind the scenes during the manufacturing process of a Lancel’s “BB Bag” (designed for Brigitte Bardot) for instance.

“Lancel loves women and, for the past 134 years, has offered them bags that tell stories, arouse emotions, celebrate colors and textures… Bags that Angèle Lancel, who founded the company, envisioned as secrets of feminine seduction. Lancel stands for that quintessentially French spirit, chic, carefree and just a little irreverent, the expression of an attitude that we call “French Légèreté”. Lancel is also an ethos, a commitment to authenticity and creativity. The beauty of the initial drawing, the ideal proportions of the prototype, the choice of the material, the assembly by hand of a hundred different components, the jewelry-inspired engraving on the clasps, the endlessly meticulous finishing – all of this endows Lancel bags with a soul, a patina, a flair that makes each woman and her story quite unique.”

“Lancel is proud of making beautiful bags that give women an inimitable allure, bags that are the perfect fusion of intimacy and self-expression. “