Memo Pad: Shining Star... No Longer Just New York... Minus And Plus...

Star has solidified its decision to lower its rate base to 1.25 million in January, after the company lowered its rate base to 1.35 million from 1.5 million as of July.

MINUS AND PLUS: This month, just as Men's Vogue goes to 10 issues a year, it's lost its third staffer and added one. Associate editor Ashley Muldoon followed creative director Russell Labosky and photo editor Mark Jacobson out the door — like them, without another job lined up. A spokeswoman for the magazine said Muldoon was leaving to be a freelance writer, and that Tasha Green, previously assistant to editor in chief Jay Fielden, has been promoted to associate editor. Her arguably unwieldy portfolio includes "grooming, architecture and design." Corey Seymour, who spent a decade at Wenner Media — including a stint as Hunter S. Thompson's assistant, and later as senior editor at Men's Journal — has joined Men's Vogue to be senior editor. "Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson," the book on which Seymour shares credit with Jann Wenner, will be released Oct. 31.

As for those other empty spots on the masthead, associate art director Courtney Sava has been promoted to art director, "overseeing all art, photo and design for the magazine." The spokeswoman declined to say whether the magazine would be making more hires in the department.

However, she denied contentions made by sources close to the magazine that the departures reflect growing staff dissatisfaction because the two-year-old title is strained for resources, both human and financial. — Irin Carmon

DRESSING ROOM: Some fashion designers love rooms other than their own closets. Take Marc Jacobs, who admits in the September Domino how much he delights in his regular room in New York's Mercer Hotel. The creative director of Louis Vuitton splits his time between New York and his home in Paris. His second-floor abode at the Mercer "has a full kitchen, which I enjoy, because I prefer eating breakfast in my room, and a huge bed that's extremely comfortable. I love to sleep in that bed." Jacobs and six other designers took a tour of their favorite spaces for a feature in the magazine — Patrick Robinson, now the executive vice president of design for Gap, exposed his boat room in his house in upstate New York, while jewelry designer Kenneth Jay Lane was photographed in his living room. Domino hits newsstands Tuesday. — S.D.S.
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