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04.16.2014
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Gilles Bensimon, international creative director of Elle, admitted at a dinner on Wednesday that management was never his strong suit.

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DINNER AND A MOVIE: Gilles Bensimon, international creative director of Elle, admitted at a dinner on Wednesday that management was never his strong suit. Alluding to his previous position of publication director of Elle, he said, "I was never good with giving direction, day by day. I never asked to be director of a magazine. I was only photography director. The first day I got the position...I go, 'oh my gosh that's a mistake.'" But since he has more free time now that Joe Zee is handling the day-to-day operations as creative director, Bensimon said he wants to work on photography projects, such as art videos and books. He joined Elle and Emporio Armani as they toasted the magazine's first foray into the movie business Wednesday night with a screening and dinner for "Raving," a short film written and directed by Julia Stiles. The movie, about two strangers in New York whose chance meeting changes both of their lives, was screened at The Box for Wynton Marsalis, Vanessa Carlton, Moby and socialites Tinsley Mortimer, Olivia Chantecaille, Allison Sarofim, Lauren Davis and Jessica Joffe, among others. Before feasting on filet mignon and spinach salad, Stiles spoke about the challenge of writing and directing as well as acting in a film. "When you write and direct something, you're involved at a much earlier stage for much longer than you are when you're acting. When you're acting, you just come on the set to fulfill a director's vision," she said. "This is really like my baby." "Raving" will be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival. — Stephanie D. Smith

GLAMOUR GIRL:
Though several blogs have unveiled looks from Sarah Jessica Parker's new clothing line Bitten, Glamour will provide the first "official" look in its June issue, where the "Sex and the City" actress will be featured on the cover and interviewed inside. Glamour has the print exclusive on the new collection, while sources said "The Oprah Winfrey Show" has the TV exclusive and still expects to air a show this summer.
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