TAKE THREE: For André Leon Talley, leading a larger-than-life existence doesn’t just mean wearing leopard-print robes, hanging out with the likes of Oprah Winfrey and towering over everyone he meets. It also means having a never-ending series of book parties where other authors might be content with, say, one. While most fashion types were getting ready for Marc Jacobs‘ show on Monday evening, the Vogue editor at large was at Barneys New York, signing copies of “A.L.T. 365+,” his photographic memoir. It was Talley’s third such event to date, with “at least three more to come,” he promised.

Not that he was shirking his New York Fashion Week duties. He raved about the Diane von Furstenberg and Oscar de la Renta shows, calling the former “so focused” and the latter “superb,” adding, “I loved Stephen Burrows so much.” He also couldn’t resist showing off his new Turbina diamond-covered watch, the first men’s design from Michele Watches. But Talley — who apparently shares his boss, Anna Wintour‘s, love of tennis — said the best thing he’d seen all week was the duel between James Blake and Andre Agassi at the U.S. Open. “I think James Blake is a new African-American hero of great style and force,” he said.

On hand to toast Talley were guests including Burrows, Barbara Walters, Dennis Basso and Carolina Herrera, who seemed particularly relaxed, having presented her show that morning. “I’m so glad it’s over,” she exclaimed. How did she plan to celebrate? “I’m going home, to bed.”

Not so lucky were Monique Lhuillier and her husband and business partner, Tom Bugbee, who were merely taking a break from preparations for her Tuesday morning show. “We’ve got a car waiting to take us back,” said Lhuillier, who wore a black dress that showed off her four-months-pregnant bump. Given the circumstances, she, too, seemed remarkably mellow. “I’m a Virgo,” she explained. “They say we’re very organized.”

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Milla Jovovich couldn’t say the same. After saying her hellos, she retreated to a corner to struggle with the closure of her white lace smock-dress, one of her own designs. “I was running out the door and I grabbed a size 2 by mistake,” she said. “I’m popping out all over the place.”
— Jeff Bercovici

TYLER’S SHOPPING CHANNEL: Tyler Brûlé is moving on. BBC4 has canned his media-focused show, “The Desk,” and asked him instead to do a six-part, global series on the culture of shopping — a subject the inveterate store hound understands only too well. Brûlé will travel to six countries, including Russia, Sweden, Italy and Japan, to explore topics such as the daily shopping habits of denizens, and how and why brands evolve in certain countries. “It’ll be more reportage-driven and business-focused than ‘The Desk,'” he said. “We’ll be looking at different sectors through the prism of media and branding.” The six 30-minute slots in the series are set to begin airing before Christmas. Although Brûlé wouldn’t reveal the name of the project, he said he was hoping to get it switched from BBC4 to the more popular and mainstream BBC2. Brûlé said he’s also in talks to carry on with “The Desk” in countries including the U.S., Sweden and Canada. Launched in January, it had a 15-episode run in the U.K.
— Samantha Conti

BORN RICH, GETTING RICHER: Jamie Johnson, the Johnson & Johnson heir-cum-chronicler of the wealthy who made the trust fund documentary “Born Rich,” now has a book deal. Johnson will be writing about the monied class (naturally) for Jonathan Burnham at Harper Collins. He is also at work on another documentary.
— Sara James

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