IN STYLE?: It’s looking pretty good for Stefano Tonchi. While the Esquire fashion creative director had yet to give notice to his boss, David Granger, late last week and a deal may not be completely ironed out, sources far and wide were calling him the frontrunner in the race to become the next style editor of The New York Times Magazine. Tonchi, two Times sources said, met with executive editor Bill Keller earlier in the week. Times cultural czar Adam Moss and the magazine’s new editor, Gerald Marzorati, are both said to support hiring him. Amy Spindler, the magazine’s current style editor, will move into a role as a cultural critic when she returns to the paper from a leave.

SAVILLE ROW: Britain’s influential graphic designer-art director Peter Saville, who just closed a retrospective of his work at London’s Design Museum, is dipping another toe into fashion by creating the upcoming line of men’s knitwear for London’s groovy Clements Ribeiro label. “I’ve loved Peter’s work for so long,” said Inacio Ribeiro of the collaboration, which is to be unveiled in January. “I can’t tell you how many albums I’ve bought — and never listened to — just for the art he did on the cover.” Saville, a founder of Factory Records, is best known for album covers he designed for Joy Division and New Order. In fashion, he has done art direction for such houses as Givenchy, Yohji Yamamoto and Stella McCartney. “Peter did the whole line,” added Ribeiro. “Some pieces are going to be very expensive to produce. But they’ll be numbered and have a Peter Saville label in them.”

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