NEXT AT NMD?: With Karen Katz moving up to chief executive of Neiman Marcus Stores, there’s a big hole to fill at Neiman Marcus Direct. Sources point to another insider, Neva Hall, Neiman’s senior vice president and general merchandise manager of beauty, shoes, handbags and accessories. Burt Tansky, Neiman Marcus Group president and chief executive, was in transit Monday and couldn’t be reached on the late-breaking rumors. NM Direct is about a $450 million business, consisting of the Neiman’s, Horchow, and Chef’s catalogs and Neiman’s online.

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WHAT’S IN A NAME: After working out at Equinox Saturday night, actress Julia Stiles didn’t blink when an employee asked for an autograph. Bundled up for the frigid weather, Glamour’s January covergirl gladly grabbed a pen. But what made her pause was her new-found fan’s name: “What did you say your name was?” Stiles asked. “Oh, Chanel,” Stiles said, “like the clothing.”