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PEOPLE WHO NEED PEOPLE: While Martha Nelson, managing editor of People, is probably less engaged in her catfight with Bonnie Fuller, editor in chief of Us Weekly, than the media pundits who are writing about it, that doesn't mean she's averse to...

PEOPLE WHO NEED PEOPLE: While Martha Nelson, managing editor of People, is probably less engaged in her catfight with Bonnie Fuller, editor in chief of Us Weekly, than the media pundits who are writing about it, that doesn’t mean she’s averse to bringing in some fresh blood.

This story first appeared in the June 25, 2002 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Last month, Nelson brought design director Rina Migliaccio on as a freelancer to help put together a special fall style special. But Nelson is said to be pleased with Migliaccio’s performance and is in talks with her about possibly coming over permanently, though it does not appear as of yet that Migliaccio is being tapped to replace longtime design director Philip Simone. A People spokeswoman said “she is more than busy with the special issues. No offer has been made. Philip Simone continues in his role as design director.”

Migliaccio is said by sources to be seriously considering the prospect, but she has also been working for the last four months on Maer Roshan’s Radar, which is still in talks with potential backers. And Migliaccio, who wouldn’t be caught dead buying a magazine at a checkout counter unless it were sold at Dean & Deluca’s, is hardly what you would call the prototypical People magazine reader. Still, the mock up on Roshan’s magazine is done, so there isn’t a lot for her to do until a deal is sealed, sources say.

Elsewhere in People news, Sophfronia Scott, the associate editor who edited the StyleWatch column, is moving over to little sister publication Teen People as senior entertainment editor, where she will take on some of the duties previously held by Jeremy Helligar, who recently left for rival Us Weekly. People also got some fresh blood when, as reported, Albert Kim was brought over as an assistant managing editor from fellow Time Inc. imprint Sports Illustrated, following an unsuccessful attempt by Fuller to bring him to Us.

Who knows how they’ll squeeze these new hires on the masthead. The mammoth-sized People already has five assistant managing editors, three executive editors, eight senior editors, and sixteen associate editors. None of this is exactly what you would call a mass exodus.

REVAMPING TOMMY: Tommy Hilfiger is remodelling its Web site tommy.com, which has over 3.2 million unique visitors, with new features that include a Live Chat, which will debut today at 3 p.m. with Tommy Hilfiger model Jason Shaw. Hilfiger himself is scheduled for an appearance some time this fall. The chats are offered at CLUBTommy, the online members-only fan club that has 440,000 registered users. Other new features include a Stylescope-monthly fashion horoscope and, for all you aspiring models out there, e-shots, which provide photos of attendees at Hilfiger-sponsored events.

CODDINGTON PARTY: Call it a “payback party”: after having co-hosted the CFDA after-party honoring Harper’s Bazaar creative director Stephen Gan, Karl Lagerfeld will be feting the release of CFDA award-winner Grace Coddington’s forthcoming book “Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue,” published by Lagerfeld’s imprint Edition 7L. Co-hosted by Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour, the affair will take place July 9 during the Paris couture shows at Lagerfeld’s 7L bookstore/gallery on the Rue de Lille. Roughly 100 prospective guests have been sent invitations.

KNIGHT MUSIC: Linda Evangelista on the accordion? Karen Elson in concert? Photographer Nick Knight draws out the hidden sides of models, fashion designers and fellow photographers in his very own Web site showstudio.com. Knight’s aim is to reveal what goes on during the creative process and show his audience what happens when fashion and artsy types break new ground. “It’s nothing revolutionary, but what we’re trying to do is deal with issues and images that the magazines won’t touch,” he said. “And we’re free to do what we want: There are no advertisers and we’re not out to make a profit.” Knight originally asked Evangelista to croon for one of the site’s “singing covers,” but instead she offered to play Pink Floyd on the accordion. Elson, however, obliged and is featured in a video shot by Craig McDean. Site surfers can also download the pattern for an “exclusive, mystery garment” designed by Yohji Yamamoto and watch the designer and fashion illustrator Julie Verhoeven at work in her studio. “I like the idea of live projects because the endings haven’t been rehearsed. I enjoy watching all the mistakes that can happen,” he said.

JAQUI’S SHOT: America is a democracy, after all, so as the Fourth of July approaches, House Beautiful is offering readers a chance to vote on both its September cover and coverlines. Five different cover options are featured on housebeautiful.com, among them Saks Fifth Avenue’s senior vice president of fashion merchandising Jaqui Lividini’s Connecticut home, which was photographed last month. Lividini happens to be the only individual who’s featured on one of the covers. The others show rooms, mantelpieces and place settings.

Lividini was photographed in her living room with the coverline, “Goodbye Clutter,” and both her house and the coverline have received the majority of votes so far: 216 votes, or 27.2 percent, for the house and 57.4 percent for the coverline, beating out others such as “Step-By-Step Closet Makeovers,” and “Dressing Your Room for Fall.” So far, 793 votes have been cast — and no Florida recounts are expected.

GAP PR: Gap Inc. is beefing up its New York-based fashion public relations staff, naming Sean Krebs as senior manager, public relations for Gap, reporting to Rachel DiCarlo, vice president, fashion public relations. Krebs was public relations director of Tocca for two years and worked as a senior account executive for agencies including Crespi & Mariani and Loving & Weintraub prior to that.

TEEN REPRESENTATIVE: If you meet the fitness-mad president, don’t expect any lunch. Barbara O’Dair, managing editor of Teen People, was among top editors invited to attend a briefing with President George W. Bush at the White House last Thursday to discuss his new health and fitness initiative. Others included Men’s Journal’s Sid Evans; Sports Illustrated’s Steve Rushin and Fitness’ Emily Listfield.

“He [Bush] is trying to promote better nutrition and regular exercise for everyone, with a special emphasis on older people. I went down there to talk about teenagers,” said O’Dair, the only editor representing the teen category. She pointed out that adolescent obesity is on the rise and affects 26 percent of the teenage population. Teens also suffer from eating disorders.

Bush told the group he “barely survived” his two daughter’s teenage years, but said they enjoyed exercising. He wants to develop ways to make exercise “cool.”

That said, the editors filed out after their one-hour meeting and hopped back onto the shuttle without the offer of even a carrot stick.

HEARST TAPS MILLER: Norman Miller has joined The Hearst Group as group advertising director, a new post. Most recently, he was luxury goods director for Vogue, prior to which he held the same post at W.

Miller’s successor at Vogue is Diane Mattioli, former luxury products director at GQ.

Miller reports to Jeffrey Hamill, senior vice president, advertising sales and marketing, The Hearst Group.