PLUM ASSIGNMENT: New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn has a new fall suit — from the summer couture collection of Chanel, no less. A story she’s writing for the Aug. 20th edition of New York Times Magazine’s “Fashion of the Times” will document, in words and pictures, her experience from a “client” perspective of buying couture. She pointed out that the Times paid for the suit, but she won’t disclose the price until the article comes out.
“I’m going to be a good couture client,” she said, having learned that discretion about the five-digit price tags is part of the culture.

BG’s NEW PRINT: Bergdorf Goodman is getting into the publishing business. It will introduce a magazine this fall called Bergdorf Goodman, highlighting the specialty store, women’s and men’s fashions and
features. It will also sell advertising.
“It will be a complete lifestyle format,” said Peter Rizzo, president of Bergdorf’s, noting that the book, which will be published in Paris, will be mailed in September to some 350,000 people and will also be sold at Rizzoli. Four issues will be published annually.

MESHING WITH STELLA: Mesh Chhibber, director of public relations at John Galliano for the past seven years, is moving over to Chloe. He starts at the French label, designed by Stella McCartney, on Sept. 1 as communications director.

STAR TREATMENT: Tom Ford will receive the Superstar Award at the 17th Annual Night of Stars, sponsored by The Fashion Group International. This year, FGI will honor “Icons of Design.” The event will take place at The Rainbow Room in New York on Oct. 24.

NEW HIRE AT ANNE KLEIN: Jacqueline Mangione has joined Anne Klein as vice president, public relations. Most recently, she was director of public relations for all DKNY divisions, including licensed product and international distribution.

BEEFING UP: Hearst Magazines has added to the stable of its British subsidiary National Magazines with the purchase of Gruner + Jahr UK, the subsidiary of the German publishing group. The amount paid wasn’t disclosed but is estimated at about $380 million. The acquisition will solidify National Magazines’ position as the U.K.’s third-largest magazine publisher behind EMAP PLC and IPC. IPC also was interested in the Gruner + Jahr stable — which includes the monthly women’s title Prima, the weekly women’s magazine Best, the science magazine Focus, Prima Baby, and Your Home — but was outbid by Hearst. Gruner + Jahr is withdrawing from the U.K. market because it failed to gain sufficient scale to succeed, Holger Wiemann, managing director of Gruner + Jahr UK, said.

POLO PALS: As part of its Polo volunteer program, Polo Ralph Lauren employees and East Harlem School students, staff and parents this week are painting the East Harlem School at Exodus House, an independent middle school serving at-risk students. Ralph Lauren Paint and additional painting supplies are being donated by Home Depot. After the painting is complete, Ralph Lauren Home licensees will contribute product to complete the new look of the school. In late August, Ralph Lauren Home’s design team and a group of students from EHS will repaint the mural on the outside of the school near the playground. Polo began partnering with East Harlem School last February. In June Ralph Lauren gave a lecture to the 6th grade class as part of their final project on The American Dream.

PINTO TO PREMIERE: Kim Pinto has been named vice president and publisher of Premiere magazine, effective Aug. 1. Pinto left her post as associate publisher of Harper’s Bazaar in April. She succeeds Jennifer Gallo Hicks, vice president and publisher of Premiere since 1999, who resigned for family reasons.

SEEING GHOSTS: Martha Stewart Living, which already publishes four special Weddings issues and two Baby issues annually, will launch Martha Stewart Holiday. The first edition hits newsstands Sept. 4 and is dedicated to Halloween. The issue, which will sell for $4.75, will feature Halloween makeup, no-sew costumes, pumpkin carvings, recipes and entertaining ideas. It will remain on the newsstands until Nov. 1. Among the sponsors are Ralph Lauren Children’s Wear, Gap and estyle.

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