Gwen Stefani on the cover of V.

<b>SOFIA’S CHOICE:</b> Will it be cinematic? Will Marc Jacobs get the cover? Will some things get lost in translation? Those are some of the questions that spring to mind at the prospect of <b>Sofia Coppola</b> guest editing a fashion magazine....

SOFIA’S CHOICE: Will it be cinematic? Will Marc Jacobs get the cover? Will some things get lost in translation? Those are some of the questions that spring to mind at the prospect of Sofia Coppola guest editing a fashion magazine. The Oscar-winning filmmaker will do just that for French Vogue, which traditionally has a celebrity oversee its December/January holiday issue. Last year, Catherine Deneuve did the honors. — Miles Socha

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V MIGRATION: Alix Browne is one notable face who will be absent from the collections this season. The editor in chief of Visionaire offshoot V unexpectedly tendered her resignation this week after five and a half years at the magazine she helped found. “It seemed like a nice cutting-off point,” Browne said. “This is the longest I’ve ever stayed in one place. I had gotten to a point where I needed to either let it go or commit to another five years. And with the anniversary and the book [‘V Best,’ Steidl] coming out early next year, it felt like the right time. You always want to leave on a high note.”

Stephen Gan, V’s co-editor in chief and creative director, was out of the country and couldn’t be reached for comment, but a spokesman for the magazine said, “It’s a totally amicable parting of ways.”

Browne will continue working on the November issue, which closes at the end of the month. Then the former fashion writer under the late Liz Tilberis at Harper’s Bazaar and former style editor under the late Art Cooper at GQ is essentially up for grabs. “I’m keeping an open mind about opportunities,” she said, hinting at the possibility of finding gainful employment in another sector of the fashion industry. “I definitely like being a part of a magazine, but there are other areas of the business I find interesting.” As for missing the European shows for the first time in a decade, Browne said, “If something totally irresistible comes up, you may see me in Paris. But at this point, I’ll just be taking it easy.” — Sara James

PARTY CRASHERS: Paris Hilton has given so much to the celebrity weeklies — the sex tape, the bruises, the public canoodling with Christina Aguilera. Now Us Weekly is returning the favor. At the magazine’s Young Hollywood party on Sept. 17, the hotel chain heiress, occasional jewelry designer and perfumer will be named “hot young star of the year,” WWD has learned. Us editor in chief Janice Min confirmed it: “Love her or not, Paris is the woman that everyone’s talking about.”

The Young Hollywood gala will be the third major event in three weeks for Us, which uses parties partly as a way to massage its occasionally vexed relationships with the A-list. (Despite its fizzy tone, Us is seen by some as driving the market boom in paparazzi photography.) It co-hosted an event with Missy Elliott at the MTV Video Music Awards, which reporters from In Touch and Star tried, unsuccessfully, to infiltrate. Next Thursday night Us will throw a bash at the Bryant Park Hotel to honor photographer Patrick McMullan and his new book about the 7th on Sixth shows, “InTents.” “Patrick is great, because he kind of does the same thing we do, which is merging celebrities and fashion,” said Min. She said Us’ strategy of playing nice is winning it friends in Hollywood. “You’re seeing a delineation in the weekly market of what each title represents,” she said. “If [celebrities] find certain titles are reporting things that are untrue, they know they can come to us to set the record straight. Whether or not that earns you future goodwill, I’m sure it doesn’t hurt.” — Jeff Bercovici