DIARY: HOTCAKES

Emap managing director and sales uber-honcho Tom Toumazis has been spotted in a certain swish West End hotel, interviewing candidates for his revamped sales operation. Undoubtedly candidates have been reassured by Tom’s choice of venue, and probably look forward to similar surroundings at Emap.

Emap managing director and sales uber-honcho Tom Toumazis has been

spotted in a certain swish West End hotel, interviewing candidates for

his revamped sales operation. Undoubtedly candidates have been reassured

by Tom’s choice of venue, and probably look forward to similar

surroundings at Emap.



They should think again. Emap insiders say Toumazis is holding the

interviews externally because Mappin House is too scruffy. What can he

mean? Of course, Endeavour House is a little more salubrious - so

Hotcakes would suggest the hotel visits are driven more by the need for

discretion than for glamorous surroundings.



The boardroom at Vogue House has been ringing with the sounds of witty

banter recently, as a crew of various fashionable types met to decide

the nominees for GQ’s Man of the Year awards, which take place in

September.



Publisher Peter Stuart got to snuggle up to girl-about-town Tara

Palmer-Tomkinson, while fashion designer Paul Smith seemed just as happy

to hug Lock, Stock star Nick Moran - perhaps he admired Nick’s ’classic

with a twist’ dress sense.



Moran wanted to put Rhys Ifans from the film Notting Hill on the Most

Stylish list. Apparently he ’looks the nuts’. Well, you can certainly

see them in the unsavoury Y-fronts he wears in the movie.



Palmer-Tomkinson managed to crack a pun when Smith wanted to put Chopin

on the Best Band list. ’I love shoppin’,’ said the wit- girl. And Smith

revealed that even a normal name like his can cause confusion - he was

once accused of being called Portsmouth.



Hotcakes did not pick up the Indie on Sunday magazine’s recent fashion

special. Forgive her, Janet. But it was brought to her attention last

week that this style bible/predictable ad-get (delete as you wish)

contained an article on men’s clothing entitled: ’Does my bum look small

in this?’ The article featured a ’silver-haired 50-year-old’ wearing

threads tailored by Paul Smith. The man is described as ’a walking ad

for the designer’, and is quoted as saying he would never contemplate a

suit from M&S, because it ’would look awful’.



’Oh God’, blasphemed Hotcakes to herself, ’this guy must be another of

those interior design types, like the long-haired twit from Changing

Rooms.’ But no, it turns out that the star of the feature was none other

than Chris Morley, chief executive of poster specialist IPM. No Chris,

your bum looks lovely!



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