TELLY KELLY: Oprah Winfrey finally plans to talk at length about her experience at Hermès in Paris last June, when she was reportedly turned away from the store, which had just closed for a special event. The segment on her talk show, delayed by Hurricane Katrina coverage, is tentatively slated to air Monday. A spokeswoman for Winfrey’s Harpo Productions Inc. declined to provide additional details about the show, but it is believed no Hermès officials have been invited to appear.
— Miles Socha
TAKE OUR SEATS: Front-row watchers haven’t seen much of Vanity Fair editor in chief Graydon Carter so far this season, while his new bride, Anna Carter, has turned up at Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta and Marc Jacobs. So was Anna, a former public relations executive in the U. K., simply performing her wifely duties by using her husband’s seats and reporting back to him with her take on the collections? No, she was not acting as an emissary for the magazine, said a Vanity Fair spokeswoman. She was a personal guest of the designers. (After all, she’s now a potential client.) As for the absence of the editor in chief, the spokeswoman said, “This week is hectic for him as he’s closing the music issue, which includes Katrina stories.” She added, “Graydon and Anna wanted to go to the Diane von Furstenberg show on Sunday, but had tickets to the U.S. Open.” Priorities, priorities.
— Sara James
KEBEDE BABY: Fashion model and face of Estée Lauder Liya Kebede has also been noticeably absent from the New York collections this season — she usually walks for Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Proenza Schouler, Donna Karan and Oscar de la Renta — but with good reason. Kebede gave birth to a 7-lb., 10-oz. girl, her second child, in New York City on Aug. 22. The baby’s name is Raee, pronounced “Rah-EE.” Further cause for celebration: Kebede’s son, Suhul, turns five this Sunday.
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A spokeswoman for the new mom said she plans to take several months off from modeling to recover — and presumably to get her figure back. In the meantime, Kebede can be seen in a cameo appearance in “Lord of War,” a new film about the international arms trade starring Nicolas Cage and Ethan Hawke. She plays an African prostitute who tries to seduce Cage’s character, even though she may be HIV-positive. The Ethiopian native also continues to be a goodwill ambassador for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health for the U.N.’s World Health Organization.