STYLE WATCH: With People Magazine writer Steven Cojocaru’s contract up next month and managing editor Martha Nelson redesigning the magazine with new creative director Rina Migliaccio and new style director Susan Kaufman, tongues are wagging that the fashion scribe may soon be in a new job (or just out of the old one). According to industry sources, Cojocaru and his agent have approached both US Weekly and Glamour where the fashion scribe wasted no time asking for a mid- to upper-six-figure salary. A People insider confirmed that Cojocaru’s contract was up for renewal and said that talks with Nelson were “moving forward.” But others in the industry say that Cojocaru and Nelson are “at loggerheads” and that Nelson, who inherited Cojocaru from predecessor Carol Wallace when Nelson took over this spring, finds the fashion flack “low rent.” A People spokeswoman declined to comment about the state of the negotiations saying that “we never comment on personnel issues.” The likeliest scenarios are remaining at People, or joining Glamour.

Meanwhile, People threw a party last Thursday night for Kaufman at the Palace Hotel. Unable to catch a cab because of the NFL kickoff in Times Square, Nelson arrived ‘in style’ in a Pedi-Cab, with her outfit in a dry cleaning bag. Once there, it was up 53 flights to the penthouse suite, where she changed for the party. Among the guests were Ann Moore, Vivienne Tam, Arie Kopelman, Serena Bass, Katie Ford, William Lauder, Colin Cowie, Charla Lawhon and Cindy Weber Cleary.

This story first appeared in the September 10, 2002 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

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