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British Vogue publisher Stephen Quinn has accused rival NatMags of inflating the circulation figures of British Harper’s Bazaar.

BLOOMBERG’S FRENCH KISS: Christy Ferer invited only her French and Francophile friends to watch her become a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor on Tuesday night at the French Consulate in New York. But a Gauloises-smoking crowd this wasn’t. Among those who celebrated Ferer’s award, the order’s highest degree, were Christiane Amanpour, Katie Couric, Cindy Sherman, Charlie Rose, Eric Fischl and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, for whom Ferer serves as a liaison to the families of victims of 9/11 and an “unofficial liaison to France,” she said. “I took him to his first fashion show,” she explained. “It was in Paris, in 1994. It was a Chanel fashion show. He sat there soaking in the visions of that runway and he couldn’t wait to hit backstage.” (Asked how she knew Bloomberg, Ferer said, “Let’s just say I’m an ex-gal pal.”)

For the award reception and dinner for 50 (catered by Daniel Boulud, natch), Ferer, who is also a longtime television fashion correspondent, founder of media company Vidicom and Huffington Post contributor, wore a Narciso Rodriguez dress and Giorgio Armani jacket. “No jewelry,” she added, “because they give you a big fat medal.” But, alas, no French designers? “I had on Louboutin shoes, chéri! And a Van Cleef watch.”

— Nick Axelrod


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