OUT OF TOUCH: Aaron — “Let’s be Bowie gay, not Cher gay” — Hicklin will be unveiling his rejiggered Out magazine over the next three issues. So what, exactly, is more Ziggy Stardust than “If I Could Turn Back Time”?

The September issue will feature a plumper fashion section with a 16-page story shot by Cass Bird. “It’s based on ‘Lord of the Flies,'” said Hicklin. There’s also a sitting using the cast of “History Boys” as Ralph Lauren models, a profile of designer Tim Hamilton, a tribute to Burberry and Johnny Knoxville on the cover, photographed by Matthias Vriens.

In the October issue, Hicklin’s new klatch of columnists will make their debut. Tim Gunn of “Project Runway” will write a fashion advice and anecdotal column; Josh Kilmer-Purcell, author of “I Am Not Myself These Days,” “will explore modern life as a gay man living in the metropolis,” according to Hicklin; novelist Dale Peck will write about film, and New York Observer writer Nicholas Boston will focus on gay themes in advertising and media.

Out’s new visual design will follow in November. Said Hicklin: “We’re redesigning it to reflect a sophisticated lifestyle magazine that has something in it to be read.”
Sara James

SUMMER SHOWER: With Vogue’s annual age issue on newsstands, several of the magazine’s staffers had a very particular life stage on their minds on Monday night: infancy.

A baby shower for Vogue’s senior accessory editor, Filipa Fino, who’s due next month, brought fashion masthead toppers like Meredith Melling Burke and Virginia Smith to Quartino in New York’s NoHo neighborhood. Also in attendance was father-to-be, Fulton Market scion and co-owner of Philippe restaurant on the Upper East Side, Stratis Morfogen.

Presents were abundant, said Vogue style director and guest Elissa Santisi. “I don’t even know how she got them home, there were so many,” she said. “She would need a truck.” Host Marybeth Schmitt, vice president of p.r. for Kate Spade, gave — what else? — a Kate Spade stroller. Those wondering what else the professional fashionistas showered Fino with will be disappointed to learn the editor waited until she got home to open the rest of her gifts.
Irin Carmon

This story first appeared in the July 20, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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