NEVER A DULL MOMENT: The buzz at the MPA party Wednesday night to honor Alexander Liberman, deputy chairman-editorial at Conde Nast, was the ouster of Julie Lewit-Nirenberg as publisher at Mademoiselle. According to sources, Conde Nast president Steve Florio recently returned from a Palm Beach meeting with all of the company’s publishers, where he had assured them that his team was in place and that their jobs were safe. On Wednesday, however, the ax fell on Lewit-Nirenberg, who was abruptly replaced with Catherine Viscardi Johnston, former publisher of Mirabella.
Lewit-Nirenberg has been bumped upstairs to the 14th floor with the illustrious job of director of special projects. Meanwhile, Mirabella is scurrying to find its fourth publisher in five years. Officials said they have someone in mind and could make an announcement next week.
PARTING THE WATERS: Claudia Schiffer isn’t one to let a little thing like nature get in her way. During couture week, the super one and Gilles Dufour were rushing through a rain storm to get to dinner at Karl Lagerfeld’s, when their limo was stopped by a police roadblock. The road was washed out, they were told, and they’d have to wait things out indefinitely in a long line of cars. At Dufour’s prodding — “You’re Claudia Schiffer!” he said — Schiffer got out, introduced herself and, in her own special way, persuaded smitten traffic cops to make an exception and let her limo drive on. The barriers quickly parted, Claudia and Gilles passed through and less super ones were left behind to weather the storm.
BUCKLEY TO BAZAAR: Maggie Buckley has been named special projects editor at Harper’s Bazaar. She had been celebrity bookings editor in the features department at Vogue.