CANDID CAMEO: Talk about typecasting. When Seventeen editor in chief Atoosa Rubenstein makes her national acting debut on the season premiere of NBC’s “American Dreams,” she’ll be playing…an editor of Seventeen. On the show, which is set in the Sixties, Vanessa Lengjes plays a teenager named Roxanne Bojarkski, who dances on “American Bandstand” and writes a column for Seventeen. In the Sept. 26 episode, Rubenstein will play her editor, who drops by the “Bandstand” set to visit her. The idea for the cameo arose when Rubenstein was coordinating an interview with “Dreams” star Brittany Snow. “I had three or four lines,” said Rubenstein, whose previous acting experience includes playing Maria in her high school’s production of “West Side Story.” “This is big — I can be a member of SAG [the Screen Actors Guild] now.”
Indeed, Rubenstein does at times seem desperate to cultivate a second career in the performing arts. She was one of several fashion journalists who walked in Yeohlee’s show, which took place in the subway station at 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue Thursday. Others who participated included Rachel Perry from VH1 and Chene Lawson from Spike TV. “Yeohlee is so smart,” said Rubenstein, who also walked in the designer’s show last year. “She has architectural and deeper reasons for the clothes that she makes that I can’t really comprehend.” — Jeff Bercovici
CUTS AT YM: There was no question that layoffs were coming at Gruner + Jahr; it was only a question of where. Staffers at YM found out Thursday. Let go from the editorial side of the teen title were beauty director Abby Gardner, associate production manager Ilona Fabian, art department coordinator Jean Kateraas and YM.com executive editor Andrea Pyros, according to a source at the magazine. They were among 60 people cut companywide as part of new chief executive officer Russell Denson’s plan to slash $12 million in personnel costs. — J.B.
LESS THAN FANFAIR: Just when you thought nepotism at Vanity Fair was old news: A story in the October issue’s Fanfair section, which is edited by Punch Hutton, focuses on a restaurant owned by a group of investors that includes her brother, the actor Timothy Hutton. Punch defended the sisterly plug, saying, “Lisa Robinson [the writer] pitched the story to us last December. We talked to Graydon [Carter] about it and thought it would make a great Fanfair story because it’s a cultural and social landmark. We didn’t think the restaurant should suffer just because Tim is an investor.” True, the bar once boasted patrons like Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra, and Vanity Fair (which, like WWD, is owned by Advance Publications Inc.) often covers nostalgic celebrity haunts, but devoting half a page to a checkered-tablecloth burger joint on its 120th anniversary seems a little excessive. Hutton, who explained an articles editor handled copy to avoid a conflict of interest, said, “I didn’t have anything to do with the text.” Perhaps she should’ve. A few lines from the piece: “These days, people come to New York to not be able to do the things they already can’t do at home. Smoking bans, dancing bans, midnight closings of places that used to be up all night, chain restaurants, and brand-new malls have made Manhattan seem like an outpost of Atlanta.” Clunky prose aside, smoking and dancing are still allowed in Atlanta bars, most of which regularly stay open until 4 a.m. — Sara James