LOTS O’ LEE: Heaven knows what Jackie O must be thinking, but suddenly Lee Radziwill is everywhere. Last month, Hello, the fawning British off-shoot of Hola, published a seven-page photo feature on Radziwill at home in East Hampton, including lots of windswept scenes of the ex-Princess walking on the beach with her dogs. The magazine has been known to pay big money for access to celebrities, but whether Radziwill was paid for her story could not be determined. This week, People magazine published photos from the wedding two weeks ago of Radziwill’s son Tony to Carole Anne DiFalco, and a Harper’s Bazaar photographer and editor attended the wedding in apparent preparation of a major feature story. It’s got to be major because, according to sources, Radziwill herself negotiated the amount of space, and turned down Vogue when it offered two measly pages. Radziwill, incidentally, is also said to be looking for a job as an editor now that her career with Giorgio Armani is over.
NO PAYNE, NO GAIN: New York Times fashion czarina Claudia Payne has a journalistic style all her own. At the Martin Margiela presentation Wednesday night, the feisty reporter, shadowed by reporter Dan Shaw, elbowed her way to the designer’s side, notebook in hand. When a fellow journalist noted that the designer tends to recoil at the sight of a reporter, Payne siffed and said, ” He’ll talk to us. We’re the New York Times.” Later, Payne announced that she’d gotten her story, adding, “You just have to be bitchy.”
TREANTON OUT AT ELLE: Melka Treanton, a consulting Paris editor, has lost her job.
“I’ve been sacked, and I don’t give a damn. I’m really not into what Elle is doing now,” said Treanton. “I don’t know what I’m going to do next, but I’m not concerned. I prefer this to what they are doing in Elle.” The magazine said she lost her job “due to restructuring of styling assignments.”
BACK TO THE DAYS OF T&A: It’s a men’s magazine known for highbrow interviews, famous writers and lightly clad centerfolds. Nope — not Playboy. Esquire magazine is recreating its famous Varga girl — the buxom and sexy icon of the Fifties — starting with the November issue. While real models will pose for the shots, “wispily clad,” the photos will be “enhanced” by photographer Timothy White to look like illustrations.
A misleading item about the new feature in Ad Age had editor Ed Kosner deluged with phone calls asking about the “nude centerfolds.”
“That Ad Age report was an unfortunate mistake that’s been haunting me ever since,” he said.
TV’S TRUNK SHOW: More and more, young designers are making the trek to West Chester, Pa., to investigate “Trunk Show,” a one-hour program on QVC’s Q2 channel. The fall lineup includes Jeannette Kastenberg, Michael Kors, Bettina Riedel and V2 by Versace. The designers appear on the show, which is aired Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m., to discuss their design inspiration. Pieces from the current line are sold during the show.
HAMILTON GETS MIRABELLA POST: Confirming a report in WWD last week, Mirabella has named Polly Hamilton creative fashion director. She succeeds Jade Hobson Charnin, who became fashion director of New York magazine. The British-born Hamilton had been a freelance editor for French Vogue, Italian Vogue and the New York Times Magazine.