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Vogue Italia editor in chief Franca Sozzani rolled out the red carpet for a party at Palazzo Litta on a balmy night in Milan Sunday to fete 40 years of...

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COVER TURN: While presidential candidate Barack Obama has appeared on the cover of several men's fashion magazines — Men's Vogue, GQ and Esquire included — could Michelle Obama's turn as a cover star be next? Sources said the potential first lady was shot last week at Industria Studios in New York for a possible cover for Essence. Obama was in New York last week for a number of appearances, including a benefit and private dinner thrown by André Leon Talley, Anna Wintour, Shelby Bryan and Calvin Klein and her much-covered gig co-hosting "The View." A spokeswoman for Michelle Obama did not return an e-mail for comment by press time, and a spokeswoman for Essence could not confirm or deny that Michelle Obama was photographed for the magazine. — Stephanie D. Smith

When it came to winning this year's Mirror Awards, given out by Syracuse University's Newhouse School for excellence in media industry reporting, it helped, as it often seems to, to have "New York" somewhere in your publication name. The New Yorker's Ken Auletta won for coverage of Rupert Murdoch's purchase of Dow Jones, New York magazine won for a profile by Jeff Coplon of The New York Times' former managing editor Gerald Boyd, and The New York Times itself won twice, for overall excellence in its Monday media section and for Joe Nocera's business columns. Frontline also took home a prize for best investigative piece for its two specials on the future of news.

Tim Russert had been named winner of a lifetime achievement award well before his death on June 13, so the tribute video of his friends and colleagues was particularly poignant. NBC anchor Brian Williams accepted in his stead, having noted in the video that it was Russert's idea to have the First Amendment etched outside the new Newseum. He disputed the idea that "the king has died, thus we must mourn the passing of the kingdom....Will we see his kind again? No. Will we practice his kind of journalism again? Yes."
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The most personal tribute yet to the late Yves Saint Laurent hits French newsstands Wednesday. Têtu, the gay and lesbian magazine directed by Pierre Bergé, offers an exclusive homage from Bergé, Saint Laurent's former lover and business partner. Called "Yves Saint Laurent: Une histoire d'amour," the magazine's cover shows the designer in a maillot on a beach in Greece, taken by Bergé in 1964. The 48-page spread includes other never-published photos of Saint Laurent in private and in public; sporting a cap and shades in 1967, in Marrakech in 1969, sharing a joke with Bergé and Loulou de la Falaise in 1986. There's even a photo with Karl Lagerfeld.

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