Harvey Weinstein, David Zinczenko and Peggy Siegal Throws Another Party

‘Tis the season for power lunches disguised as holiday celebrations, and this afternoon at Michael’s it was SRO as the moguls (Harvey Weinstein, Tommy Mottola), a perennial party giver (Peggy Siegal and her indefatigable minions) and boldface names (Star Jones, Muffie Potter Aston) poured into the dining room for one head-spinning scene. While Bonnie Fuller and company shoe-horned 14 people comfortably into Table One, Peggy presided over a lunch for 34 in the Garden Room honoring “The Untouchables.” (Although I didn’t see them, I did spot — I think — Malcolm Gladwell and Stu Zakim in the crowd). The rest of the dining room was full of table hoppers and gladhanders — Harvey Weinstein works a room like nobody’s business — and I noticed there was plenty of glasses of red and white wine all around. Cheers!

I was joined today by Anne Fulenwider who has plenty to celebrate these days having  “come home” to Marie Claire in September. She was tapped for the top job after Joanna Coles departed for Cosmo when Kate White left to write her best sellers full-time. I know, you need a score card for all this, but do try to keep up. Anne’s extraordinary rise to the top of the masthead is a master class on how to succeed in publishing by being very smart, working hard and staying grounded amid all the glitz and glamour (yes, to civilians and the uninitiated this is a glamorous business). The Harvard graduate came to New York in the mid-nineties and landed her first job in magazines working for David Lauren at Swing. An internship at The Paris Review turned into a gig as research assistant to George Plimpton when he was working on his book on Truman Capote. Anne got quite an education diving into boxes of fascinating transcripts, fact checking scores of Plimpton’s interviews and, occasionally “chopping carrots” at his home and pitching in whenever needed. All in a day’s work.

Diane Clehane and Anne Fulenwider

When the book was done, she went on to become senior editor, moved to Vanity Fair where she was editor of the magazine’s popular “Fanfare” section, and wound up editing the work of Leslie Bennetts, Buzz Bissinger and Dominick Dunne. Except for a brief sojourn to San Francisco, she spent a decade at the magazine where, she said, she “grew up” and was “inspired” by Vanity Fair’s great reporting and writing and learned that “maintaining quality” and upholding the highest journalistic standards (“There were armies of fact checkers and researchers!”) were critical to the vitality and relevance of a successful magazine.

In 2009, Joanna Coles recruited her as Marie Claire‘s executive editor, and Anne found herself energized by the magazine’s message of female empowerment for its 20 and 30 something readers. She was lured away in October 2011 to be editor-in-chief of Bride‘s for a year before returning to Marie Claire this past fall. The move couldn’t come at a better time. The magazine had been named Magazine of the Year by Ad Ageand Anne barely had the boxes unpacked before she took off for San Francisco with publisher Nancy Berger Cardone (who was named Publisher of the Year) to celebrate.  Shortly before Thanksgiving, Anne and Nancy then went to Italy where Hearst’s Italian reps toasted Anne’s arrival. Next up: a trip to L.A. next week to meet the all-important celebrity publicists and spend some time with Marie Claire‘s new entertainment director Tracy Shaffer, a former PMK publicist who most recently toiled at Cosmo and is based on the West Coast.

Anne told me her return to Marie Claire has been a joyous one as many of the staffers were there during her executive editor days (she hired several of them and has promoted many since returning). On her first day as editor, she greeted the staff by saying, “So, what did I miss?” She recently promoted Lea Goldman to features director and upped Nina Garcia to creative director. Anne says the successful magazine’s involvement in Project Runway will continue — she will appear in the Marie Claire episode next season.