COLOR ME BAD: Somewhere between “Spider-Man” russet and Versailles platinum, Kirsten Dunst‘s hair evidently has been left the worse for wear, as Vogue recently learned when they tried to shoot the actress for an upcoming cover.

Dunst, who went white blonde for “Marie Antoinette” and red for “Spider-Man 3,” was scheduled to appear on the cover of Vogue to promote the new Sofia Coppola biopic. Annie Leibovitz shot the actress for the cover, according to sources close to the photographer. However, the initial photographs were said to be subpar in the eyes of Vogue editors, owing to a botched attempt to return Dunst to a more natural shade of blonde after she finished shooting both films. Leibovitz was apparently sent to shoot a second cover try last week, once Dunst’s fried mane was remedied.

Parisian color wizard Christophe Robin, who worked with Dunst on “Marie Antoinette” but who said he has not touched her hair in about a year, had warned the actress about triple-processing. Robin told WWD that he shied away from utterly stripping her hair to achieve her white blonde tresses for the movie. “You can’t just change your color the way you change your jacket,” he said.

A spokesman for Vogue said the magazine does not comment on future editorial content. Representatives for Dunst and Leibovitz did not return calls for comment. Vogue, like WWD, is owned by Condé Nast Publications.
Irin Carmon

ADDING TO PORTFOLIO: Condé Nast Portfolio is now bicoastal. The Los Angeles Times’ deputy business editor Amy Wallace is joining the forthcoming business magazine as a senior writer. Wallace, who is a veteran at covering the entertainment industry, was previously at Los Angeles magazine, where she wrote a profile of Daily Variety’s editor in chief, Peter Bart, that was a finalist for a National Magazine Award. She also has written for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Esquire, The Nation, The New York Times Magazine, Details and Elle. In a staff memo posted on on Monday, LAT business editor Russ Stanton said, “Suffice to say this is a big loss for us.” Portfolio gets Wallace after Labor Day. She will continue to be based in Los Angeles.
Sara James

This story first appeared in the July 19, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

MASTHEAD MOVES: Elle’s fashion department has seen significant shuffling of late, including hires from rivals Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. From Vogue, associate fashion editor Silvia Sitar joins Elle as market editor. Bazaar’s senior market editor, Kate Lanphear, will take on a similar title at Elle. After a stint at Niche Media, Lauren Benward has returned to Elle to be an accessories editor. And several editors already at Elle also have been on the move: Joann Pailey has been named senior market editor, while Lilah Schechner is heading to Los Angeles to be West Coast fashion editor.

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