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
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!