Ingrid Sischy and Sandra Brant to Helm ‘Vanity Fair’ AbroadDon’t cry for Ingrid Sischy. After she abruptly departed her eighteen-year position as editor-in-chief of Interview magazine, and her girlfriend Sandra Brant (you remember her – she used to be married to Peter Brant) sold her half-ownership stake in the parent company Brant Publications, people were wondering what she was going to do with her life. After all, for nearly two decades her name was synonymous with Andy Warhol’s gritty, authentic magazine. But it turns out she’s had a great plan all along! Condé Nast HR mouthpiece WWD tells us that both Sischy and Brant will be international editors of Italian, Spanish, and German versions of Vanity Fair. And, what’s more, they’ll helm any future glamorous expansions abroad. Which is great news for them, probably, but it also raises the question: Is this the biggest lesbian sellout since Anne Heche ditched chicks?
Sischy, Brant Join Vanity Fair International Editions [WWD]
Cumming Sprays Everyone at Le RoyaleHeath Ledger allegedly did so much coke and heroin that Michelle Williams kicked him out of their Brooklyn home. (His publicist denies that he opted not to check into rehab.) Farrah Fawcett got $500,000 for allowing The Insider to videotape her chemotherapy. Alan Cumming ripped the disco ball off the roof at Le Royale, and then sprayed partygoers with Champagne.
Sischy and Brant Out at ‘Interview’Ingrid Sischy and Sandra Brant have resigned from Interview, Women’s Wear Daily is reporting. Sischy, the onetime editor of Artforum and a Vanity Fair contributing editor, has been editor-in-chief of the title for eighteen years. CEO Brant, who bought the parent company Brant Publications with her ex-husband, Peter, from the Warhol estate after the artist’s death, has decided to sell her ex her stake in the company, WWD says. The reasons are thus far unclear. Last year, when it was rumored Brant intended to sell the title, a spokeswoman told the Post, “Sandra Brant, president &CEO, and Ingrid Sischy, editor-in-chief, are as devoted as ever to Interview and excited about its future.” Earlier this month, when Gawker printed a rumor suggesting Sischy had left her job, it was brushed off by a publicist. “The Gawker item is absolutely not true,” spokeswoman Rachna Shah told the Observer. “She is on her annual holiday in South Africa with Elton John. She has been working on the magazine while on holiday and is due back on Monday.” That was January 10 of this year. More to come, we’re sure
Ingrid Sischy and Sandra Brant Resign from Interview [WWD]
UPDATE: Brant and Sischy have released a statement: “When I was first drafted as editor after Andy Warhol’s death I thought I’d stay a few years, devote myself to helping the magazine find its post-Warhol life, and then get back to my writing. Although leaving the magazine and wonderful staff behind is difficult, it is the right decision and one that will allow the new owners to establish their own editorial stamp on the magazine,” said Sischy. Ingrid took “the magazine to a level of success and recognition that is beyond anything we thought possible. Her leadership, thoughtfulness, journalistic expertise and editorial vision have been critical,” Sandra Brant commented.
UPDATEII: WWD has details on The New Guard—Glenn O’Brien and Fabien Baron will oversee Interview, Art in America and Antiques. “To say that Interview is a product of Ingrid’s friends< " Peter Brant told WWD, “that’s like saying what’s Vogue going to be like without Grace Mirabella? Anna Wintour does a really great job.”