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CAPRI-LICIOUS: Interview editor in chief Ingrid Sischy was attending the recent men’s collections in Milan, and, in particular, the Capri-themed Valentino show, where the designer’s personal archive of Capri photographs was on display behind the runway. (Reportedly included in the historic montage was a snapshot of a boyish Carlos Souza.) Backstage, Sischy told Valentino‘s longtime business partner Giancarlo Giammetti she could have “looked at the images for hours” and asked if there were any other photographs that weren’t used in the show. There were indeed, and thus there will be an upcoming Valentino-Capri portfolio in Interview. Look for the resort beefcake to liven up a future winter issue.
— Sara James

THE BRANGELINA EFFECT: Think people are maybe just a teensy bit obsessed with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie‘s love life? The July issue of W, which featured the pair playing house in a 58-page spread, sold at least 75,000 copies on the newsstand, according to a preliminary publisher’s estimate. That’s small for celebrity magazines, but a blockbuster for W, which gets the bulk of its 460,000-plus circulation from subs, averaging about 46,000 per month in single-copy sales. (W is the sister publication of WWD.) The issue is on pace to be W’s best-selling July issue ever, and its best seller in any month since at least April 2003, when the magazine carried photographer Steven Klein‘s 44-page portfolio of Madonna and sold 83,000 copies on the newsstand. Coincidentally, Klein also shot the images of Pitt and Angelina posing as an early Sixties couple raising five young children in the suburbs. Will tabloid attention next give a similar boost to W’s August issue, with Katie Holmes — aka the future Mrs. Tom Cruise — on the cover?
— Jeff Bercovici

MEISEL’S SWAN TAKE: Those who can’t get enough of the slew of makeover and plastic surgery shows on television will love the July issue of Italian Vogue, which features an 80-page fashion shoot photographed by Steven Meisel called “Makeover Madness.” The story, which was styled by Edward Enninful, was shot over five days in a medical equipment rental facility and a suite in the St. Regis — for recovery shots, naturally. Though Linda Evangelista scored the cover, models Elise Crombez, Euguenia Volodina, Missy Rayder, Julia Stegner, Inguna Butane, Hana Soukupova and Jessica Stam pose inside for “before” and “after” shots as well as slightly graphic portrayals of scalpels entering skin, complete with faux blood, courtesy of makeup artist Pat McGrath.

This story first appeared in the July 13, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

“This shoot was pretty much a reaction to where entertainment is at right now,” Meisel explained. “Everything is makeovers and plastic surgery, altering oneself at any cost for an idea of beauty.” This isn’t the first time the lensman has turned his eye to pop culture. A story for the January issue of the same magazine called “Hollywood Style” took its inspiration from the pages of Bonnie Fuller‘s Star magazine — featuring models shot to look like paparazzi favorites such as Madonna, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Jessica Simpson.
— Meenal Mistry

ROAMIN’ KONIG: Style writer Rita Konig, a daughter of decorator Nina Campbell, has joined the ranks of restless Brits seeking their fortunes Stateside. Konig, who writes an “In/Out” column for Harper’s Bazaar, is hoping to bulk up her U.S. contacts in the home and entertaining industry. She also wants to channel all that positive Yankee energy. “The attitude is so different in America. The English are horrified by people’s success, whereas the Americans are excited by it,” said Konig, who moved to New York at the end of June and plans to stay until September. “I’m checking it out with a view to moving here,” she added.

Konig will continue to write her weekly lifestyle column for the Saturday Telegraph Magazine and contribute to British Vogue. Her second book, “Culinary Trickery” (Simon and Schuster), will be released in the U.S. in November. Konig said the time was right for a change. “I wasn’t going to learn anything sitting in my London flat, surrounded by the same people I’ve known my whole life,” she said. “I’m basically giving myself a kick up the arse.”
— Samantha Conti

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