Memo Pad: More Eyes on In Style... Vanity Fair's Oscar Comeback...

In Style increased its single-copy sales by 6 percent, to 740,384 in the last six months of 2008. Also, Vanity Fair is up for the Oscar's this year...

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ON THE OUTS: The pool of shelter magazines is steadily shrinking, but that doesn’t mean Architectural Digest editor in chief Paige Rense has gotten any less competitive, as Carleton Varney recently learned the hard way. The interior designer, whom the magazine named one of the 30 Deans of American design, made the fatal mistake of allowing House Beautiful to publish in its February issue a Wisconsin lake home he decorated. He also had a spread in that month’s Architectural Digest, but that didn’t placate Rense, who promptly disinvited Varney from a panel she was moderating in South Florida late last month, reportedly even having the programs reprinted to leave him off. Varney confirmed the story. “Paige and I have been friends for so long, and I would never want to do anything to hurt her,” he told WWD. “But Paige likes for people to be solely hers.” Did he think he was permanently barred from the magazine? Varney laughed. “I don’t know. It’s all destiny. Certainly I hope our friendship will continue.” A spokeswoman for Rense did not respond to messages. — Irin Carmon

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