Memo Pad: Outside the Box... Is She Gone?... Martha Keeps Redecorating...

Few campaigns have been as anticipated this season as Marc Jacobs' starring Victoria Beckham.

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And Jacobs couldn't care less that his muse just topped Mr. Blackwell's worst-dressed list.

"Mr. Blackwell to me is this fictitious thing," he said. "I know there is a Mr. Blackwell, but it means absolutely nothing to me. It's like saying, 'What do you think of Santa Claus' list? I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was a little kid. The idea of best-dressed and worst-dressed is so subjective. To me, the best-dressed people are the ones happiest with the way they look and how much they enjoy getting dressed. I am sure there are people on that list that have appalling taste, but it doesn't matter if it makes them happy."

Plus, he added, "Getting attention for being well-dressed or poorly dressed is great, because it is attention."

As for Beckham, she was hard-pressed to pick a favorite image from the campaign.

"Truth be told, I love them all," she said. "If I have to pick favorites, it's the package series: me coming out of the box in the gray knit dress shot with the hat, as well as the image of the oversize shopping bag. Certainly, if you can't get locked inside a Marc Jacobs store, then trapped inside a Marc bag has got to be the next best thing." — Marc Karimzadeh

IS SHE GONE?: Note to cubicle dwellers who love to take extended vacations: stay away from your desk too long and coworkers might assume you've quit. That's what happened to Interview editor in chief Ingrid Sischy when reported Thursday afternoon that she was leaving the magazine. An Interview spokeswoman immediately — and vehemently — denied it, saying Sischy actually is on her annual vacation with Elton John in South Africa. Sischy is expected back in Interview's SoHo offices on Monday. Gawker posted a retraction two hours later.

The rumor swirled as Interview's parent company, Brant Publications, also publisher of Art + Antiques, Art in America and The Magazine Antiques, is looking for a buyer. The company, owned equally by president and chief executive officer Sandra Brant and her former husband, chairman Peter Brant, have been looking for strategic alternatives with investment firm Allen & Co. for the past 18 months. Talks are said to be continuing with potential buyers, though most believe Sischy's attachment to the magazine­ — her Rolodex and relationships with celebrities begets its content — is part of the brand's appeal to a potential buyer.
— Stephanie D. Smith
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