Fuller, who’s currently working on a startup for Meredith Corp., called Living Room, as well as writing her own book, couldn’t be reached for comment at press time.
MELLOW MELLEN: Polly Mellen is finally calling it quits. Mellen retired as creative director of Allure magazine in 1999 and embarked on a freelance career, styling for such magazines as W and Vanity Fair and serving as creative director for the book, “Vera Wang on Weddings.” According to her agent at Art & Commerce, Mellen, who lives in Connecticut, is looking forward to being with her family.
Mellen’s career has included a stint under Diana Vreeland at Harper’s Bazaar, and at Vogue, where she spent 28 years. She then moved to Allure where she worked eight years.
OUT OF VOGUE: It looks like Guy Marineau, who has photographed the Paris and Milan runways for Vogue for years, has been displaced by technology.
A spokesman for Vogue confirmed that Marineau was not being rehired this season, but said it wasn’t an issue of the quality of his work. “With the advent of digital media resources like Style.com, we can now see runway footage very quickly,” he said. Rumors were also circulating that Anna Wintour, editor in chief of Vogue, wanted to cut short her trip to Paris since the schedule was running too long.
“Anna will firm up her European schedule when the French see fit to firm up theirs,” said the spokesman. “In the meantime, nothing is set in stone.”
FASHION WEEK MAG: Inside VIEW, the official magazine of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, is rolling out its 140-page, 9×11-inch tabloid size Fashion Week issue today. The visually alluring tome features cover girl Carolyn Murphy as shot by Steven Meisel. There’s a profile of Murphy, a story on hot new faces in modeling and a celebration of 60 Years of New York Designers.
Inside VIEW will be distributed at the shows, as well as throughout New York and the U.S. at over 75 newsstands along with a direct mailing to select fashion industry leaders. The circulation is 50,000 and the cover price is $5. Advertisers include Calvin Klein, Continental Airlines, David Yurman, DKNY, Harper’s Bazaar, Hugo Boss, Mercedes-Benz, New York Times, Perry Ellis, Target, Tommy Hilfiger and W Hotels.
RETAIL HAPPENINGS: To kick off Fashion Week, Barneys New York unveils today a tribute window to the legendary Carrie Donovan, who died Nov. 12. “Apparently Ms. Donovan was very specific about not wanting a memorial of any kind,” said Simon Doonan, creative director of Barneys. Instead, the window will feature a large photograph of Donovan taken by Jesse Frohman. The photo will be flanked by oversize quotes from designers, editors and retailers, responding affectionately to the query, “What was so great about Carrie?”