ARMANI VS. THE TIMES, CONT’D: Giorgio Armani wants the world to know that it wasn’t just one snarky review that prompted him to pull all advertising from The New York Times. “It is important to understand that the philosophical difference that exists between Armani and the fashion desk of The New York Times has been persistent and recurring over a lengthy period,” a spokesman for the Milan-based designer said yesterday. “It does not relate to any one specific commentary.” The specific commentary it does not relate to is Guy Trebay’s scathing July 4 review of Armani’s spring 2005 men’s collection. Not one to mince words, Trebay wrote that Armani’s recent shows have been “errant, confounding and stuck in a vision of an unrecognizable world.” A week later, Armani Group ran a double-page spread in The Times that served as a rebuttal of sorts, and this week the company said it had canceled future advertising in the paper (although not in Times-owned magazines). Calls to Bill Keller, The Times’ executive editor, and Janet Robinson, the paper’s chief operating officer and executive vice president, were not returned Tuesday. The Armani spokesman, meanwhile, noted that the designer does not intend to bar Times fashion writers from upcoming shows. — Alessandra Ilari

REGIME CHANGE AT REDBOOK: Another six months of newsstand freefall has put the kibosh on Ellen Kunes’ tenure at Redbook. Hearst Magazines president Cathleen Black named a new editor in chief for the title yesterday: Stacy Morrison, former executive editor of Marie Claire. Kunes, who had been editor in chief since 2001, has been assigned a new role in Hearst’s magazine development unit. Kunes moved to Redbook after serving as launch editor of the instantly successful O, The Oprah Magazine, but her luck didn’t hold out. Last year, she alienated two of Hollywood’s biggest stars when Redbook ran covers featuring badly doctored photos of Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts. Newsstand sales were off 20 percent in the second half of the year, averaging 459,532, and the magazine will report another double-digit decline for first-half 2004, according to a Hearst spokeswoman. Earlier this month, WWD reported that Morrison, who has been freelancing at Family Circle since leaving Marie Claire last April, was in talks for the Redbook job. She has been an editor in chief twice before: at Modern Bride, from 1998 to 2000, and at One, a San Francisco design magazine that launched in December 2000, only to quickly fold. — Jeff Bercovici

This story first appeared in the July 21, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.