MENKES STAYS PUT: Suzy Menkes, fashion editor of the International Herald Tribune, won't be taking a staff position at the New York Times. As reported, the Times had been talking to her about replacing Bernadine Morris, who took an early retirement package this month.
"I thought about it, but then I have three wonderful sons and a wonderful husband who live in London, and it just would have been too much," said Menkes. Menkes will continue to write fashion reports for the Times style pages.

CARTER'S NEW ROLE: John Mack Carter, editor-in-chief of Good Housekeeping, is leaving his post after 24 years to become president of a new Hearst subsidiary to be called Hearst Magazines Enterprises. The subsidiary will develop new magazine ventures both inside and outside Hearst.
Hearst's publishing expertise in the past has been focused exclusively on an internal magazine development program, created and supervised by Carter. This program produced such titles as Country Living and Victoria, as well as SmartMoney, with partner Dow Jones & Co.
The new entity will, in some cases, provide advice and services to independent publishers for a fee. In other instances, Hearst Magazines Enterprises will invest in start-up magazines or titles not yet fully established. In addition, it will explore the acquisition of currently independent titles.
Carter's replacement at Good Housekeeping hasn't been named yet. However, sources indicate Ellen Levine, editor-in-chief of Redbook, is the likely successor. Levine couldn't be reached for comment.

IT'S SWING TIME: Ralph Lauren's son David hits the newsstands this month with his premiere issue of Swing. The cover (left) highlights inside stories such as "America's Most Powerful 20-somethings," and "Who's Going to Run Our Country Next." Lauren is publisher of the magazine which, incidentally, features a double-page spread on the inside cover from Double RL. Thanks, Dad.

THE BUSY STREETS OF SOHO: Camera crews from Viacom, the parent company of MTV, VH-1 and Nickelodeon, were clogging up the streets in SoHo on Thursday, filming Todd Oldham, Anna Sui, Marc Jacobs and Isaac Mizrahi.
The first three designers were shooting segments for The Goods, MTV's electronic retailing segment, and Mizrahi said he was shooting some "pick-up spots" for his retailing show for Nick at Nite, which is being produced by former Mademoiselle editor Gabé Doppelt. It's scheduled to air Oct. 30.
They might have bumped into Rosie Perez, who was browsing through the stores and Oldham's showroom.SELF CHANGES: Doris Downes Jewett, art director of Self, has left the magazine. Her replacement is Christian Kuypers, formerly with J. Crew. Kuypers reports to Stefano Tonchi, creative director.

FEATURED PLAYER: D.T. Max, a literary editor for the New York Observer, has been named senior editor in the features department of Harper's Bazaar.

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