By  on February 15, 2002

NELSON'S MUM: Is she or isn't she? Asked if there's any truth to the rumor that she's headed to People as managing editor, Martha Nelson, managing editor of In Style told WWD, "No. No. When John Huey [editorial director at Time Inc.] knows what he's doing, he'll announce it to the world."

GILLES'S UNINSPECTED LIFE: Looks like the fashion crowd may never get a chance to read the juicy story about Gilles Bensimon, publication director of Elle, and his rise to the top of the masthead. Apparently, Michael Gross wrote the article for Talk magazine, but since Talk died, the article never ran.

AMY'S WORLD: Kate Beckinsale is featured on the cover of Fashions of the Times, edited by style editor Amy Spindler that comes out Feb. 24. Both on the cover and in the fashion pages, Beckinsale plays the role of Oona O'Neill Chaplin, the embodiment of uptown glamour and the daughter of Eugene O'Neill and Charlie Chaplin's wife, and the pages re-create some moments in her life. Another fashion shoot, "Tokyo Pop" takes the reader to Tokyo, where models, deejays, singers, street kids, and even fashion designer Limi Yamamoto, Yohji's daughter were photographed in both designer and local boutique clothing. A third fashion story is called "Babs in Toyland," and is based on Barbra Streisand's first TV special in 1965 called "My Name is Barbra" where Streisand fantasizes about trying on clothes at Bergdorf Goodman. For the Times' shoot, they hired a model that resembled Streisand and let her loose in Bergdorf's where she could try on dresses and jewelry.

The issue, which has 100 ad pages, down 8 pages from a year ago, carries new advertisers such as Anne Klein, Vera Wang, Charles Jourdan and Charles David.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: "It's like the Cliff Notes of the week," said Dr. Samir Husni, referring to The Week, the Felix Dennis-owned weekly magazine that summarizes published news and feature articles from all over the world. Husni named The Week "Launch of the Year."

Husni is a magazine journalism professor and author of "Samir Husni's Guide to New Magazines," that is published annually. The next edition comes out in March.

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