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CALVIN’S CHOICE: Calvin Klein and Steven Meisel have teamed up again. After a few seasons with Craig McDean, Klein has recruited Meisel to shoot most of his spring ad campaigns. Meisel, who last shot Klein’s apparel campaigns for spring 1996, as well as CK One, will photograph the spring women’s and men’s Calvin Klein Collection, CK Calvin Klein, CK Jeans, CK Khakis and women’s underwear campaigns. In addition, Klein has hired A/R Media, headed by Alex Gonzalez and Raul Martinez, to oversee art direction.
“We control the creative aspects of all our campaigns through CRK and Calvin Klein, himself. Their role would be in art direction,” said a Klein spokesman about A/R Media.

STYLES REDUX: The New York Times is ready to give it another try. After living through 1992’s experiment — described by some as “Times Lite” — with the likes of “Thing,” “Egos and Ids,” “Signals” and “The Arm Fetish,” the Gray Lady is relaunching a freestanding Styles section. This Sunday it will return with a bigger focus on fashion and a liberal use of color, said a Times spokeswoman.
“We’ll cover fashion in terms of a cultural phenomenon, and there will be more columns,” she said. Bill Cunningham’s On the Street column will be photographed in color, and a new column called Pulse, which will include short takes on travel, beauty and fashion, will join such regular columns as The Night, Evening Hours and Vows. The Styles editor is Trip Gabriel.
And speaking of the Times, reporter Constance C.R. White has written a book on African American fashion called “Stylenoir.” The book will be published in February by Perigee and offers an historical perspective of blacks in the fashion industry as well as a how-to guide to fashion.
“When you look at style magazines, it’s as if black women aren’t taken into account,” said White, at a book party Thursday. The book also examines how black style influenced the work of such designers as Tom Ford, Ralph Lauren, Hubert de Givenchy and Tommy Hilfiger.

KEEPING TRACK: Brana Wolf, contributing editor of Vogue, has been named fashion editor at large at Harper’s Bazaar.
At Vogue, Deda Coben, Los Angeles editor, has been named senior market editor, based in New York.

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