Fabien Baron, Karl Templer to Exit Interview

interview feb cover.jpgThe gobsmacked expression that Lindsay Lohan sports on the cover of the February issue of Interview (pictured at left and photographed by Mert and Marcus) approximates our own reaction to news that Fabien Baron is leaving the magazine, along with creative director Karl Templer. As you’ll recall, we worried about the fate of Interview, founded by Andy Warhol in 1969, when the brilliant Ingrid Sischy departed last year, but have been duly impressed by the killer design and content upgrade wrought by Baron and co-editorial director Glenn O’Brien.

Brant Publications today confirmed to WWD that Baron and Templer have resigned from Interview. “It has been an adventure working with the DNA of such a legendary title and an exciting, not to mention sometimes challenging, experience to reinvent the magazine to make it relevant and inspiring for a whole new generation of readers,” said Baron. “Now it’s time to focus all my energy on my own business [Baron & Baron] and the many clients that have been loyal to me over the years.” Templer is leaving “in order to focus on other projects.” Rumor has it that graphic design studio M/M Paris may take the creative helm of the magazine.

Well, we suppose the news out of Interview could be worse. The opening “View” section of the February issue is a Q&A between Baron and O’Brien, who muse on this, Interview‘s 40th anniversary year. “Older magazines get respect, the way older people used to,” says Baron. “If a magazine has been around for a while it has proved itself. It’s the new magazines that go out of business…I guess being 40 shows that we have a tried-and-true brand.”