Memo Pad: Off The Wall... Where's My Couture?... New Look...

Michael Jackson, the man who moved to Dubai to dodge the paparazzi, is making up for lost time in front of the cameras.

DKNYs virtual flagship in Stardoll

DKNY's virtual flagship in Stardoll.

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OFF THE WALL: Michael Jackson, the man who moved to Dubai to dodge the paparazzi, is making up for lost time in front of the cameras. L'Uomo Vogue's October issue, due out next week, will feature a 20-page spread on the musician, shot by Bruce Weber, to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Jackson's smash album "Thriller." "It's magnificent," editorial director Franca Sozzani boasted Tuesday at the Milan shows. "He hasn't allowed himself to be photographed for 16 years!" — Amanda Kaiser

WHERE'S MY COUTURE?: Word to editors traveling in Europe: take a carry on. Condé Nast Traveler's style director Mark Connolly should have thought to do so when five trunks with $50,000 worth of couture went missing during a stopover at London's Heathrow Airport on his way to Singapore. The trip was for a shoot in the magazine's October issue on Singapore style, complete with a Dolce & Gabbana dress that was worth $12,950 and a Versace dress worth $23,000. "We probably had Victoria Beckham's annual clothing budget in five trunks," joked Connolly in an e-mail exchange from Milan. Connolly and his crew were able to get half the clothing delivered by the third day of the shoot; the rest had to be replaced after frantic phone calls to designers' publicists and Connolly repurchasing items locally. "A grown man buying designer stockings in the department store was an eye opener," he said. And quite an education. "Stockings in Asian large are not the same as American large." — Stephanie D. Smith

NEW LOOK: Just as Condé Nast Portfolio settles into a monthly schedule, BusinessWeek will finally unveil on Oct. 12 an extensive redesign that has been in the works since last fall. The overhaul was overseen by art director Andrew Horton, who joined BusinessWeek in January, and Boston-based design firm Modernista. "It's very much reader-focused," said Horton of the redesign, which will have cleaner covers and an easier-to-navigate layout. Some who have seen the new version say the magazine has a more global focus, reflecting The Economist more than a typical business title — but they stress it isn't a weekly version of its monthly competitor at 4 Times Square. — S.D.S.

SWEET SEARCH: Lifestyle and entertainment blog network Sugar Publishing Tuesday said it is moving into the search business and intends to acquire fashion search engine ShopStyle. The two companies will have more than 5 million unique visitors a month, said Sugar founder and chief executive officer Brian Sugar. "There will be a lot of traffic going back and forth," he predicted. Sugar Publishing will also change its name to Sugar Inc.
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