>> After reports came out alleging that Style.com editor-at-large Derek Blasberg (who is also Harper's Bazaar editor-at-large and a V contributor) had received compensation for consulting on a Yves Saint Laurent party that he covered for Style.com last week, Eleanor Banco, spokeswoman for Style.com told Jezebel today: "We are reviewing this matter (referring to Derek Blasberg) internally. For the record, it is not our policy to assign writers to cover events if they are receiving any other financial remuneration in connection with that event and we have no further comment on the subject."
Blasberg conceded that he "had a conversation with a senior member of YSL Beauty's corporate office about social networking and building a buzz for the event" and worked with Alison Brod PR on the party's guest list. Before the event, a media alert was sent out asking party attendees "to tweet from the event with the hash tag #YSLparty." And at the event, an Yves Saint Laurent spokeswoman mentioned to the Wall Street Journal that Blasberg "helped start the 'Twitter party,' so to speak."
Payment was discussed »
According to Jezebel's reporting, "A rate was mentioned," though Blasberg says "things did not materialize as discussed, and I have received [sic] no payment to attend the YSL party." Jezebel reports that he would not answer a direct question about whether he received a consulting fee until eventually he wrote that he had "not seen a single Euro from anyone, not as an attendant, not as a consultant!" Blasberg later told Fashionista, "Coverage was never for sale. Ever. That’s ridiculous to even insinuate, and one of the reasons I’m so upset by this whole debacle. I wouldn’t have a career if that were ever the case.”