TEEN SEARCH: YM is now searching for a new editor. Bonnie Hurowitz Fuller has quit as editor in chief of YM for the same title at the U.S. version of Marie Claire. Although the Hearst magazine won’t bow until August, Fuller is already its second editor in chief, succeeding Catherine Ettlinger. A Hearst spokeswoman declined to provide details, saying only that Marie Claire’s thrust will be lots of features, plus fashion and beauty. Fuller’s successor at YM hasn’t been named yet.
CHANEL CHALLENGE: Two days after International Herald-Tribune fashion editor Suzy Menkes suggested the Chanel handbag had gone out of fashion, the house responded with a full-page ad opposite her column. On Tuesday, in a piece entitled “Breaking the Chains: Is the Chanel Handbag Out?”, Menkes wrote: “The Chanel bag — the ultimate symbol of the acquisitive 1980s — seems to be finally clunking offstage.” On Thursday, Chanel ran an ad that carried a photo of a classic Chanel bag over the words “in for ever” (sic). Francoise Montenay, president of Chanel’s fashion division, said the house has no plans to ban Menkes from its shows ê la Christian Dior, where she’s been persona non grata for several seasons after a negative review. “‘Anyway, even if you wanted one of our classic bags this Christmas,” said Montenay, “you couldn’t get one. They were all sold out.
BINOCHE TO LANCOME: Actress Juliette Binoche could be the next Lancome model, replacing Isabella Rossellini, sources say. Lancome officials couldn’t be reached for comment and Francois Samuelson, Binoche’s agent, declined comment.
WENKE LEAVES EMANUEL: Laura Wenke has resigned as director of marketing and public relations at Emanuel, a division of GFT. She had been with the company for three years. No successor yet, and no set plans for Wenke.
SEARS BACKS PHIL COLLINS: Sears, Roebuck, which has been after a trendier image, will sponsor a tour by popster Phil Collins. The chirpy Brit said Sears’ “solid American image” appeals to his audience. Sears and Collins will also collaborate in fund-raising efforts for local causes. The “Tour of America ’94” kicks off in May in Mexico City and will hit more than 30 cities. It will be Collins’s first solo North American tour since 1990.
ELLE’S NEW STYLIST: Henri Fitzwilliam-Lay has been named a fashion stylist at Elle, succeeding Inge Fontenyne, who left. Fitzwilliam-Lay was an art director at Bergdorf Goodman, where she was responsible for preparing and producing all catalogs and national ads. She’ll report to Gilles Bensimon, creative director.