Memo Pad: Round Two... Back In Action... What A Group...

Us Weekly has caused yet another stir within the celebrity weekly category with an attack on its competition.

Min said "Faux Biz" would be a regular feature. Next week's subject? "The whole world of fake pregnancies might be something we explore down the road." — S.D.S.

Former Us Weekly correspondent Katrina Szish has landed at In Style as national correspondent, contributing to both the magazine and Web site, as well as appearing on television segments. Szish will take her new position on Monday, reporting to managing editor Charla Lawhon. Szish most recently worked at Us Weekly as a contract employee, but was let go after hosting a show on ABC's broadband outlets using guests from competing celebrity publications without identifying her Us Weekly affiliation. Prior to her stint at Us Weekly, Szish wrote columns for Vogue and GQ and contributed to,, Marie Claire and Harper's Bazaar. — S.D.S.

WHAT A GROUP: So much for the return of the model. Time Style & Design editor Kate Betts recently joined a Departures fashion shoot with an extra-large cadre of notables, including Rachel Roy, Annabel Tollman, Nina Griscom, Bergdorf Goodman's Linda Fargo, the Marchesa designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, Evan Yurman, Seventh on Sixth's Fern Mallis, Sirio Maccioni with two of his three sons and Lucy Sykes, Euan Rellie and their brood. (Jacquetta Wheeler represented for traditional mannequins.) The fairy-tale forest set, designed by contributing editor David E. Monn, apparently also had room for two members of the Olympic crew team, players from the American soccer league, dancers from the American Ballet Theater — and several ducks trained for Aflac ads. "They were fabulous," said Departures editor in chief Richard Story. "They kept running into the mirrors." (The ducks, not the dancers.) The set later played host to a party with Roaring Twenties touches, and the spread, shot by Keith King, will run on 12 pages in July. — Irin Carmon
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