2010 October 20

Fiori Means Flowers

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(NEW YORK) It hardly feels like a Central Park Conservancy Women's Committee Event without a few hundred hats, but regardless, the ladies lunched at the Mandarin Oriental on Monday afternoon as part of the charity's annual Luncheon, sponsored by Corum. Women's Committee president Gillian Miniter welcomed guests like Tea Leoni, Hilary Gumbel, Kara Ross, and Adrienne Vittadini to a meal of miso-glazed salmon, crudites, and iced tea.

But the big news to come from this event has turned out to be its Q&A, led by chairman Eleanora Kennedy. Last October, Candice Bergen discussed her love life---among other pursuits---but this year's speaker, Pamela Fiori, kept matters more strictly to business. The former EIC of Town & Country and, prior to that, Travel & Leisure has had one of the most storied careers in the magazine business. What did she say when a woman was finally handed the reins of T&C after a hundred-odd years of a male editorship? "I said, What took you so long?" she deadpanned. "This was a women's magazine!...I believe in the 3 R's of magazine publishing: The reader, the reader, the reader."

Fiori recalled memorable moments from her tenure as editor-in-chief, such as an occasion where she worked with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis just five weeks before her death and reader feedback from memorable stories. As for how her life has changed now that she's holding the title of editor-at-large? "Well, it's nice to be here, having lunch with all of you," she said. "And I'm not even looking at my watch!"

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