Thompson front and center on magazine cover

The Wall Street Journal's new “luxury lifestyle” magazine debuts on Saturday, and the inaugural issue has an unflattering Charlotte connection.

The cover unveiled this week features a glamorous model wearing a Wall Street Journal newspaper dress. Centered below her neckline is the story from June about the ouster of Wachovia Corp. chief executive Ken Thompson.

A spokeswoman for Journal publisher Dow Jones & Co. said Roland Mouret, the designer who created the dress, requested “a large amount of Journals for the dress and that's the one he chose.”

The new magazine, entitled WSJ., is geared toward the paper's wealthiest subscribers and will be distributed with Saturday editions in 17 U.S. markets as well as overseas. No Carolinas markets made the cut.

The magazine, which will start as a quarterly, covers the expected high-society topics from fashion to philanthropy.

Rick Rothacker