MARLON MANIA: Be prepared for a barrel of Brando over the next few months. Peter Manso’s unauthorized bio, “Brando: A Biography,” slated to come out in October from Hyperion, will first be excerpted in the September Vanity Fair.
Also hitting bookshelves in October: Marlon’s own book, an autobiography from Random House, which is owned by S.I. Newhouse. Asked why that book wasn’t going into Vanity Fair (which is also owned by Newhouse), the VF spokeswoman said it “wasn’t available” for serial rights. Photos from the book, however, will appear in Parade magazine (also owned by — yes — Newhouse).
Brando, who is looking abundant enough to fill a two-page spread, might literally have been too big for the VF cover, which generally hasn’t gone to the subjects of book excerpts. The September cover, therefore, will depict the more photogenic Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, the subjects of a Dominick Dunne profile.
If you can’t wait for all this, check out the August issue of Mirabella. Writer Patricia Bosworth beat everyone to the punch with an interview with biographer Manso, who provides all the skinny on The Big Man.
MACY’S MARCHES ON: After a five-year hiatus, Macy’s East will resume its direct mail catalogs. Next month, it will begin mailing three catalogs, one each for apparel, accessories and footwear. They are totally supported by vendors.
The 28-page fashion catalog, which will be sent to 500,000 customers, features such bridge collections as Anne Klein II, Ellen Tracy and Tahari. The accessories catalog will go out to one million customers; it offers hiking boots, backpacks, patent leather accessories, narrow belts, watches, scarves and hats. Both catalogs have Bridget Hall on the cover. The fashion was shot by Steven Klein, and the still lifes by Richard Pierce and Tourkil Gudnasson. All orders will be taken over the telephone via Macy’s by Appointment.
Macy’s has also begun a colorful new ad campaign (pictured above), photographed by Enrique Balescu. The ads were shot against brightly hued backgrounds in dazzling shades of turquoise blue, yellow and orange and feature the model Kat in outfits by Anna Sui, Mark Eisen, Liza Bruce and Moschino Cheap ‘n Chic.
Macy’s declined to reveal the ad budget, but said it’s even with last year’s. The ads are running in the August issues of Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, W and Interview (in black and white) and New York magazine.
COMINGS AND GOINGS: Stephen Dubner, a senior editor at New York magazine who edited the Fast Track column, is leaving to become a story editor at the New York Times Magazine. Joining New York as articles editor is John Homans. He was executive editor of Harper’s magazine.
TOMMY’S NEW SUIT: Tommy Hilfiger Corp., which this year got an injunction against Wal-Mart in a trademark dispute, has sued Tommy Boy Music, a record company in New York, for allegedly copying its red, white and blue flag trademark without permission. In a lawsuit filed in federal court, here, Hilfiger charges the record company with trying to “trade on [Hilfiger’s] reputation” by using the Hilfiger logo in print ads promoting its CDs, records and tapes.
The only difference between the Hilfiger flag logo and the logo used by the music label, according to the suit, is that Tommy Boy has the word “Boy” instead of “Hilfiger” in the lower part of the flag.
Monica Lynch, president of Tommy Boy, said the logo “should be interpreted as a humorous salute to Mr. Hilfiger’s ironic influence in the hip-hop marketplace.”
Hilfiger, not amused, is asking the court for a permanent injunction and treble damages.