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<?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = CS /><CS:BOLD>BRADY'S BACK: James Brady, a columnist for Ad Age and Parade, was released from the hospital Wednesday after suffering a minor stroke last month. He had spent several weeks in Mt. Sinai's rehabilitation center...

BRADY’S BACK: James Brady, a columnist for Ad Age and Parade, was released from the hospital Wednesday after suffering a minor stroke last month. He had spent several weeks in Mt. Sinai’s rehabilitation center after a 1 1/2-week-long hospital stay. “He’s fully functional and will start work right away,” said Jack Scovil, his literary agent, who noted that Brady had initially lost motor function of his left arm and left leg. “He made a 100 percent recovery of his arm, so he can type,” said Scovil. In fact, he has an interview scheduled for Monday.

“He sounds absolutely terrific and looks good. He lost some weight and was forced to exercise.” Brady has another book coming out this March called “Warning of War,” which is the second in a trilogy. It is published by St. Martin’s.

MORE STYLE: People magazine will publish two special “StyleWatch” issues in 2002, expanding upon the weekly’s popular feature that covers celebrity style and trends. This feature includes West Coast Style Editor (and “Today” contributor) Steven Cojocaru’s column “Behind the Seams.” Cojocaru’s commentary on the relationship between the worlds of fashion and entertainment will be a highlight of the two special issues. “StyleWatch” will have a national distribution of one million copies each and will be issued in the spring (on sale March 4) and fall (on sale Aug. 5). It is expected to give readers an insider’s view of the hot style trends and the personalities behind them. Retail events are also being planned to support the issues.

BEYOND SHOPPING: “It’s horrible when people are only interested in buying labels, because it doesn’t bring them the happiness they think it will,” said Miuccia Prada, in an interview with Ingrid Sischy in the February Vanity Fair. Prada talks about her ambivalence about shopping and a need for a different shopping experience, which is probably one of the main reasons behind Prada’s dramatic and cutting edge 30,000-square-foot flagship store in SoHo, designed by Rem Koolhaas. “Many of us grew up with a kind of puritanism against shopping,” said Prada. “But shopping can be much more than how it is cast.” The February VF hits newsstands Wednesday.

KARAN MOVES: Aliza Licht, formerly public relations director of Donna Karan New York and DKNY accessories, has been named public relations director for Donna Karan New York women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and accessories. She succeeds Clarissa Block, who left the company. Erin Hawker, public relations for DKNY women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, will add p.r. responsibilities for DKNY accessories and shoes.

TIMES TALK: As part of the New York Times’s “Arts & Leisure Weekend” Jan. 11-13, Cathy Horyn, fashion critic at the Times, will interview Narciso Rodriguez and Anna Sui at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. The seminar takes place Saturday, Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Tickets are $25, and $18.51 for TimesCard members. Horyn’s session is one of 28 “Critic’s Choice” events that are planned over the weekend.