FRENCH CONNECTION: First there were the shakeups here in New York, now the rumblings have spread to Paris. Big changes are said to be brewing at Conde Nast France. According to sources, Colombe Pringle, editor in chief of French Vogue, is leaving the magazine, and Jean Poniatowski, publishing director of Vogue, is moving upstairs into a new corporate post. S.I. Newhouse, chairman of Conde Nast Publications, couldn’t be reached for comment.
BRAVA, BRAVO: CNBC will be trailing Rose Marie Bravo, president of Saks Fifth Avenue, at the New York shows. Camera crews will follow her to the Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Bill Blass fashion shows and to various writing appointments. The show will explore how runway fashions translate to what ends up in the store.
DUAL ROLE: Pat Beh Werblin has been named executive editor of Mirabella, an eyebrow-raising move considering that she’ll continue to operate her own PR business. Asked why it wouldn’t be a clear conflict of interest for a magazine executive to also run a PR company, Werblin said there was no conflict because she has no clients in the women’s fashion business. One of her clients, however, is Swing magazine, published by Ralph Lauren’s son David (see related story, this page). At Mirabella, she succeeds Elizabeth Tretter, who was named contributing editor. Despite her new title, Werblin said her post is on the business side, where she’ll be the liaison between the ad and editorial departments.