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POLO DEPARTURE: Wendy Smith, senior vice president of communications at Polo Ralph Lauren Corp., is exiting the company at the end of next week to pursue other interests. Smith joined the company in September 2006 to oversee fashion public relations, business media and the press on Lauren's philanthropic endeavors and employee communications.
She was previously head of corporate communications at Creative Artists Agency in Beverly Hills. Before that, she had been special assistant to former president Bill Clinton in Washington, and, prior to that, manager of marketing and promotional opportunities for The New Yorker. Smith joined Polo as Ralph Lauren prepared his 40th anniversary celebrations. During her yearlong tenure, Lauren opened two boutiques in Moscow, and feted his anniversary with a runway and gala in Central Park's Conservatory Garden.
— Marc Karimzadeh
STYLISH FETE: The creative hands behind the camera took center stage Tuesday at Style.com's party for its new book, "Stylist: The Interpreters of Fashion" at New York's Skylight Studios. The book highlights the creative works of 16 of the most influential stylists in print, including Andrea Lieberman, Grace Coddington, Alex White, Melanie Ward, Brana Wolf, Paul Cavaco and Joe Zee. Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour, Allure editor in chief Linda Wells and Gwen Stefani, a client of Lieberman's, mingled with designers Anna Sui, Derek Lam, Doo-Ri Chung, Francisco Costa, Zac Posen and Behnaz Sarafpour, who turned groupie and asked for autographs from the book's subjects. Guests who did not have the energy to tote the $75 book around the spacious party — as Sarafpour did — could view chapters of the book on large screens equipped with the same hand-controlled scrolling screen capabilities as the iPhone. "It's where fashion meets technology," commented Jamie Pallot, CondéNet editorial director.
— S.D.S. and I.C.