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IN BRIEF

ROSENBAUM JOINS GALOTTI: Ron Galotti, vice president and publisher of GQ, has tapped Lee Rosenbaum as associate publisher. Most recently, Rosenbaum worked with Galotti at Talk, serving as the magazine's publisher. Before that he was publisher of...

ROSENBAUM JOINS GALOTTI: Ron Galotti, vice president and publisher of GQ, has tapped Lee Rosenbaum as associate publisher. Most recently, Rosenbaum worked with Galotti at Talk, serving as the magazine’s publisher. Before that he was publisher of Discover. It’s a return engagement for Rosenbaum, who worked in GQ’s Los Angeles office in 1990. He succeeds Giulio Capua, who has been named publisher of Gourmet, succeeding Gina Sanders, who was named publisher of Teen Vogue.

TEXAS LIVESTOCK: Houston-based Lonestar Partners LP purchased 674,000 shares, or 9.9 percent of Kasper ASL Ltd.’s outstanding common stock, in a set of five transactions made between May 30 and June 6, according to a Schedule 13D filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday. The total purchase price for the shares was reported to be $27.7 million, a presumably welcome vote of confidence for Kasper, which is currently in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. According to the filing, Lonestar is a private investment fund engaged in the purchase and sale of securities for investment purposes.

BOYER TO DIOR: Alixe Boyer has joined Christian Dior North America as vice president of communications. She reports to Marla Sabo, president and chief operating officer. In this newly created position, Boyer will handle public relations, media strategy and special events. Most recently, Boyer was senior director of communications and marketing for women’s wear at Ralph Lauren, where some of her responsibilities have been taken over by Rebekah Hirsch, senior director of women’s publicity.

TRADING DOWN UNDER: Australian Prime Minister John Howard addressed a joint session of Congress on Wednesday and renewed his call to begin negotiations on a bilateral trade agreement with the U.S. Howard, who will meet with President Bush today, told assembled lawmakers that “a comprehensive free-trade agreement, by boosting trade and investment between us, would add a stronger economic dimension to the security and other links we share.”