NEW GIRL IN TOWN: Brandon Holley, who was named Monday to replace editor in chief Jane Pratt at Jane magazine, says she’s not looking to give the title (which, like WWD, is part of Fairchild Publications) an extreme makeover. “It’s not a U-turn at all,” Holley, who resigned her post as editor in chief of Ellegirl to take the job, said of her vision for Jane. “It’s sort of continuing what the magazine has already done, which is to be a revolutionary women’s magazine.”
Nor, she hinted, does she plan to clean house, at least for the time being. “Both Ellegirl and Jane are places where very talented people drift because they get to have a voice, and that’s something I definitely want to keep,” she said. “I’m going to go in there with the [existing] staff and we’re going to work on it together.”
That includes Pratt, who is officially slated to stay on through the end of September. Holley said she and Pratt had “a very nice meeting” Monday morning. “She’s going to share a lot of stuff with me. We’re going to go through an orientation.”
But if Holley’s arrival at Jane — first reported in Monday’s WWD — answers one big question, it raises another for Ellegirl parent Hachette Filipacchi. The magazine’s executive editor, Christina Kelly, is in a good position to take over, having served as an editor in chief before at YM. But Hachette said it also will consider external candidates for the job. In either case, a successor will be named shortly.
— Jeff Bercovici
“AGENCY” SECRETS: Wilhelmina president Sean Patterson said there’s no way his new VH1 reality show, “The Agency,” will ever be confused with that other reality show about models, “America’s Next Top Model,” even though “The Agency” does portray “models who make it and models who don’t.”
“This isn’t a thinly veiled game show,” he explained, characterizing “The Agency” as less of a reality show and more of a “docudrama” similar to MTV’s “Laguna Beach.” “We wanted to show what this world is really like.” Segments have already been shot with Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein and Sean Jean, and the show will feature scenes at the men’s and women’s shows in Milan and Paris, according to Patterson. While no official airdate has been set, the first episode is expected to make its debut on VH1 sometime between November and January.
— Sara James
ARCH ARRIVAL: At a time when celebrities regularly show off the contents of their refrigerators and medicine cabinets on MTV’s “Cribs,” it’s hard to fathom an era in which stars rarely allowed photographers into their homes.
Just in time for Paige Rense‘s 35th anniversary at the helm of Architectural Digest, in November, the magazine will release a coffee table book called “Hollywood at Home,” with photos from 30 celebrity homes previously featured in its pages. AD put out two editions of “Celebrity Homes” in 1977 and 1981, though back then, celebrity must have been loosely defined since homes belonging to Truman Capote, Julia Child and Gore Vidal were included.
This time around, the standards are considerably higher. Notoriously shy Greta Garbo’s Manhattan apartment is in the book, as is Katharine Hepburn’s family home in Connecticut. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall are shown in their eight-room house in Benedict Canyon, Calif., along with more recent photos of Steven Spielberg‘s “cottage” in East Hampton and Diane Keaton‘s Spanish Colonial in Bel-Air. And luckily, no one opens up any medicine chests.