PERSONAL SPACE: If the August issue of Elle looks like it's channeling Bonnie Fuller's now-deceased blog-a-zine, don't worry, it's not permanent. Fuller's short-lived redesign of Star last November was, she told WWD, intended to play up each editor's "strong personality" by borrowing the first-person voices typical of blogs. That experiment of running editors' photos and comments came and went unmourned. Now, Elle is running small "editor's pick" boxes on nearly every page, featuring thumbnail photos of staffers, from fashion director Nina Garcia down to the assistants, each musing on how they plan to wear a Derek Lam sweatshirt or the Velcro snaps of Lanvin satin boots. Departed style director Isabel Dupre, despite wearing a doleful expression in her photo, gushes over a Fendi bag: "It reminds me of a teddy bear, and I can hug it all day long!"
Major changes by creative director Joe Zee and design director Paul Ritter won't appear until September, sources indicate, and editor in chief Roberta Myers said the editor's picks were "a one-time thing," meant to reflect the informality of August. She said she was unfamiliar with Star's blog-a-zine. "In a sense, every month is an editor's pick month — this is what the editors are culling from far and wide. But we get very nice response to our contributors' notes from readers," she said.