>> Condé Nast Digital isn't going to have Style.com and Vogue.com as friendly competitors, as was envisioned in August, after all. Style.com and its staff of about 15 are moving from under Condé Nast Digital to Fairchild Fashion Group, the publisher of WWD. Gina Sanders, president and CEO of Fairchild, said she proposed the move a few months ago, because with Style.com, Fairchild will be able to “speak to both business executives and consumers obsessed with fashion." Style.com's editorial team, including editor Dirk Standen, will now report to Fairchild editorial director Peter Kaplan. [WWD, WSJ]
>> Men's fashion doesn't seem to be the forte over at Conde Nast. Less than a month ago, Men's Vogue was folded into Vogue, and now the same thing is happening with DNR, Women's Wear Daily's brother menswear publication.
After DNR ceases publication Nov. 24, WWD will absorb all men's coverage, both online and in print. Come December, a WWDMen's channel will be added to WWD.com, and every Thursday starting in January, WWD will publish in-depth WWDMen's reports.
How times have changed — DNR has been around since 1892 and ironically, WWD was originally a small feature within before it was spun off into its own publication in 1910.
>> INSIDER WIRE —In honor of the all-new WWD.com, Women's Wear Daily is offering free access to its normally subscription-only website for one week, ending August 11. Enjoy the honeymoon, and don't forget to download the paper in PDF form under the "Today's Paper" link — it's much easier to navigate than the new site! [WWD]
>> Come August 4, Women's Wear Daily is catching up to Internet speed. Instead of posting all the day's articles once nightly on newspaper schedule as they do now — with only breaking stories posted off-schedule — WWD.com will become a more dynamic, 24/7 "up-to-the-minute" information source.
The site is getting a total revamp, with a more interactive interface, slideshow and video features, and what looks to be a new, and hopefully improved, search function. There will even be a blog! Women's Wear Daily — they're just like us.