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A TIME DEPARTURE: Time Inc., employees are hours away from learning more about division-wide restructuring and layoffs, but Vivek Shah, group president, digital, Time Inc. News Group, removed himself from the equation on Monday, confirming he will leave the company at yearend. “I have a lot of opportunities to assess,” Shah told WWD, adding he’s worked at Time Inc. for 15 years. “I couldn’t be in this job while considering others.” Shah declined to talk about where he could be headed next, although he said he won’t be working for another magazine publisher. He has reported directly to chief executive officer Ann Moore; a direct replacement will not be named. General manager of time.com, John Cantarella, will be elevated in a senior vice president role, digital, Time Inc. News Group and report to Andy Blau. Time Warner Inc. reports its quarterly results Wednesday. — Amy Wicks
OPRAH — ALL ACCESS: Shoes and bags are the new books and bras, at least as far as Oprah’s concerned. On the heels of her successful “Bra Revolution,” retail’s fairy godmother on Monday aired her “Shoe and Bag Intervention” episode with the help of guest stylists Elle’s Joe Zee, Harper’s Bazaar’s Mary Alice Stephenson and O, The Oprah Magazine’s Adam Glassman, who teamed up to rescue fashion victims from unfortunate accessories. Among the offenders: two fiftysomething sisters toting kitty-printed bags, and shoes that didn’t stop at ugly but added unwanted pounds to the wrong figure. In terms of tips, Glassman pushed matching shoes to legwear (i.e., a black shoe should be worn with black tights) and beating cankles with flesh-colored shoes.
Although basically a makeover show, the episode proved not only a lesson in style but also in accessories slang, as Oprah tossed around terminology such as “cankle” and “shabooty” — for the uninitiated, that’s ankles the size of calves and shoeboots, respectively. As for those coveted plugs, Elie Tahari and Cole Haan got shout-outs, as did Christian Louboutin, if not verbally then by way of Oprah’s and Stephenson’s red soles, visible to the camera throughout the show. And while those who were made over certainly emerged all the better, the real winner was Zappos.com, which secured prime positioning as the show’s go-to shopping credit. — Jessica Iredale