Busy, busy over in Times Square amid all those industrious folk at Conde Nast. Right after Labor Day they launched Vogue for Men. David Carey is already hard at work planning a first-ever Conde Nast business magazine. Back at The New Yorker, Lou Cona has taken over from David as publisher. Alan Katz of Cargo succeeded Lou at Vanity Fair. While Paige Rense, who never rests, took 15 minutes off from editing Architectural Digest to compile a sleek and rather wonderful new coffee table book (this one's got to be a Christmas gift natural) called "Architectural Digest: Hollywood At Home" to be published next month by Abrams Books. The lush glamour of an earlier Hollywood has to be seen to be grasped, as for example, those intimate shots of a jolly twosome of Cary Grant and Randolph Scott at home. Paige (and a fleet of sinfully clever photographers over the decades) takes us inside the reclusive Garbo's East Side apartment, Hepburn's place on the Connecticut shoreline, John Huston's castle in Ireland, Cher's beach house at Malibu and the homes of Duke Wayne, MM, Cecil B. DeMille, Travolta (whose front lawn doubles as a landing strip for his airplane collection), Jack Warner and Spielberg's digs at East Hampton. The thing costs 40 bucks and I can't wait for Paige to get back from Maine and give me the skinny on Cary and Randy, the boys at home for the holidays. Whoopee!
Glamour's "Women of the Year 2005" is on for Wednesday Nov. 2 at Lincoln Center.
Edward Albee's "Seascape," which won the Pulitzer in 1985, opens for a new run on Broadway Nov. 21, the Booth Theatre. George Grizzard heads the cast.
Elettra Wiedemann is the new "face" of Bill Blass' fall '05 ad campaign. She's a stunner-they showed her off last week at L'Olivier in N.Y.
Chris Breslin, looking very suntanned and buff, jogged past my house Labor Day. Informed me his dad, the great Jimmy, almost as buff, swims every morning and is toiling on a new novel. Long may all the Breslins stay fit.
Today Self magazine opens the Self Center at Fifth Ave. and 40th Street in Manhattan. It's a blend of spa, shop, lounge and refreshment stand. Lucy Danziger and Kim Kelleher host, with music by DJ Cassidy.
Hoorah for the brilliant Tina Fey of "SNL" and her newborn daughter Alice. She's on maternity leave from the show.
We first sailed to Europe Jan. 3, 1959 aboard the Queen Mary and spent the next six years there, reporting, writing, having kids. This morning I'll sail back into New York aboard Queen Mary 2 following a fortnight of frolic in Paris and London with (or so I intended) old sparring partners and allies Yves Saint Laurent and partner Pierre Berge, G.Y. Dryansky of Conde Nast Traveler, Emanuel Ungaro, Chuck Mitchelmore from the International Herald Trib, Jean-Pierre de Lucovich and others from the days when we were all young and brave (and half of us were in the CIA with Clair George and Bill Koplowitz) and were going places.
Now that Michael Brown is gone from FEMA ("You're doing a heckuva job, Brownie!"-George Bush), maybe he could help us with gas prices.