THE CONDE NAST SHUFFLE: In yet another round of executive changes at Conde Nast, Jack Kliger was named executive vice president, succeeding John Brunelle, who is retiring after 36 years with the company. Kliger had been senior vice president, corporate services since March. Succeeding Kliger is Michael A. Clinton, publisher of GQ. Michael Perlis, publisher of Details, will assume Clinton’s GQ role. Perlis joined Details in August. Prior to that he was publisher of Playboy and president of Playboy’s publishing division. Succeeding Perlis as publisher of Details is Gina Sanders, ad director at that publication since 1993.
JOB HUNTING? Even the jaded media heads turned a bit Thursday at The Royalton when former Disney studio chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg walked in for lunch. He was joining Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter.
SIX-YEAR ITCH: Sassy Publishers Inc. said Wednesday it is putting its six-year-old teen title, Sassy, up for auction. The irreverent teen magazine, which has had several investors in its young, feisty life, approached the break-even point in 1992, said a Sassy spokeswoman. “But at that time several teen magazines produced by publishers with deep pockets entered the market” and competition for ad dollars intensified, she said. For the last year, Sassy had unsuccessfully sought a source of refinancing. It now is asking interested parties to submit bids for the magazine to Jordan Edmiston Group Inc., New York, and the spokeswoman said there has been “interest expressed by several large publishing companies.” Sassy Publishers acquired the magazine in 1989 in a stock transaction that included the assumption of bank debt.
BANNED! Jordache’s men’s jeans commercials just may be a bit too racy for prime time TV. The commercial, depicting a group of young women laughing and videotaping a man in a mostly glass house taking off his clothes, down to his skivvies, was banned by such stations as WABC in New York; Boston’s WCVB and WHDH; Washington’s WRC and Philadelphia’s WPVI.
According to a Jordache spokeswoman, WABC called the spot “reverse discrimination” and will not air the 30-second version; WCVB in Boston feels the commercial “depicts illegal activity and will not run it at all,” and WHDH believes it is “too gratuitous” and will only allow it to air after 11:30 p.m. l SEEING THE LIGHT: After serving as acting editor in chief of Vibe since May, Alan Light has been named editor-in-chief. Earlier he had been music editor, before which he was a senior writer at Rolling Stone.
FASHION FEVER: The New Yorker, yes, The New Yorker, will host a fashion party Friday evening Oct. 28 at the Academy Theater at 219 West 42nd Street. The party will celebrate the New Yorker’s fashion issue that hits stands Monday, Oct. 31. There will be dinner, dancing and “surprise” entertainment, said a New Yorker spokeswoman.
GETTING BOOKED: The Lauder name can sell books as well as blush. Evelyn Lauder, left, showed up on Thursday at the Saks flagship to pitch her book of landscape photography, “The Seasons Observed,” and the store’s clientele snapped up nearly 100 copies in an hour at $24.95 apiece. Lauder’s royalties, as well as some of the profits tallied by the retailers hosting her October book tour, will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
MIRABELLA CHANGES: Dorothy Schefer has resigned her post as deputy editor, beauty, at Mirabella. She’d been with the magazine almost five years, prior to which she spent 14 years at Vogue. “The magazine’s five years old and I feel like I’ve achieved my goal. It’s time to look for another one,” said Schefer. Lisa Gabor will succeed Schefer as beauty editor. Gabor had been beauty editor of In Style. l STILL SHLEPPING: Shleppers, a collection of organizational tote bags, has been stopping pedestrians on the street. The company installed an offbeat campaign in a series of window panels of Omega Fashions Ltd. at the Southwest corner of 37th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York. The windows greet spectators with outlandish artwork that defines the term schlepper. Visual director DeVinn Bruce and artist Jeffrey Fulvimari designed the campaign.
GETTING GOLDPFEIL: Balet & Albert has been named the ad agency for Goldpfeil, the luxury leather products manufacturer and retailer, based in New York. The account will generate billings close to $1 million. The first campaign will break in early November.
SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP: Ready, set, go — 1,250 women have signed up for “Shop for the Cure,” a breast cancer fund-raising event sponsored by Mirabella. At the all-day event this Saturday, women can shop at participating stores, Bloomingdale’s, Felissimo, Henri Bendel, Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue. The stores will offer special promotions for the participants, and 10 percent of the day’s proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The first 500 participants to sign up also receive a designer-signed CFDA “Fashion Targets Breast Cancer” T-shirt to benefit the Nina Hyde Breast Cancer Research Center.
Kicking off the event is a breakfast at Saks hosted by Rose Marie Bravo and the co-chairs of the event: Donna Hanover Giuliani, wife of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Grace Mirabella and Nancy Brinker, founding chair of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The goal is to donate $25,000 to breast cancer research, by generating $250,000 in sales.