NAOMI’S NEW ARREST: Whether it’s fodder for another reality-based magazine fashion shoot remains to be seen, but Naomi Campbell has fallen foul of the law again. The model was reportedly arrested at London’s Heathrow airport Thursday evening, on suspicion of assaulting a police officer. The arrest reportedly followed a disturbance on a British Airways aircraft set to depart from the airport’s recently opened Terminal 5.
“Police were called to a disturbance at Heathrow Terminal 5 on Thursday and arrested a 37-year-old female on suspicion of assaulting a police officer,” said a spokesman for London’s Metropolitan Police Thursday. “She was then taken into custody.” The spokesman added that the woman could be held in custody for up to 24 hours before being charged.
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According to reports in the British press, the dispute followed the loss of a piece of Campbell’s hand luggage at the airport.
The model’s arrest Thursday is the just the latest episode in her long history of brushes with the law, which stretch back to an alleged assault on an assistant in Canada in 1998.
Last year, the model served five days of community service in New York after pleading guilty to hitting her former maid with a cell phone in 2006, and in the same year Campbell reportedly paid $400,000 to actress Yvonne Sciò to settle a dispute over an alleged assault out of court. Campbell also was arrested in London in 2006, for allegedly attacking her drugs counselor, but British police did not press charges.
Since Campbell performed her community service in New York last year, she’s attempted to distance herself from her various assault allegations. Earlier this year, British GQ published the model’s first interview in her role as a correspondent for the magazine — she sat down with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, no less. Meanwhile, the model staged a fashion show at the end of last September’s London Fashion Week, to raise money for the victims of flooding in England. — Nina Jones
TIGHTENING THE RULES: The House of Representatives and the Senate have similar legislation in the works to change the way tobacco is marketed and advertised. A spokeswoman for Rep. Lois Capps (D., Calif.) said in order to get something passed by the end of this year (especially during an election year), the two chambers will need to come together on one version as soon as possible. In the House’s proposed legislation, the Federal Drug Administration would be granted more power over how ads are used — including stronger, more specific cigarette warning labels and ad requirements. Some examples would include limiting ads in publications with a high-youth readership and the prohibition of terms such as “light,” “low” and “mild,” a jab at the hot pink Camel No. 9 ads that are running in some magazines now. — Amy Wicks
LAST YEAR’S TO YOU, AU COURANT TO SOMEONE ELSE: Not every teen can afford to look like the cast of “Gossip Girl” at prom, so Hearst Magazines is bringing a charitable element to the event with a new Web site, DonateMyDress.org, currently in beta mode. Teens visiting the site will be encouraged to donate their special occasion dresses to those who cannot afford one. It will also provide a directory of local dress drive locations across the country. There are organizations that donate dresses to teens, but this is the first national Web site to bring them all together.
Jill Griffin, marketing director, Hearst Magazines Digital Media, said this is the company’s seventh teen-related site. “We have a strong footprint on prom,” she said, noting that last year girls spent approximately $235 million on prom dresses. Prom is an advertiser-rich event for Hearst magazines but, so far, DonateMyDress.org doesn’t have any advertising. — A.W.
RUNNING OFF: Harper’s Bazaar is trying to elbow into the feeding trough that is collections coverage. After WWD Collections and New York Look, now comes Bazaar’s Runway Report, which debuts this summer and will cover the fall 2008 collections. The spin-off is based on a column of the same name that runs in the magazine in January and June. Runway Report will include a guide to the looks on the runways in New York, Paris, Milan and London. Kristina O’Neill, Bazaar’s fashion news/features director, will edit the 200 page publication. Hearst will distribute 200,000 copies, with 100,000 sold on newsstands for $6.95 apiece (on sale July 29) and 100,000 being sent to subscribers with household income of over $100,000. The issue will be mailed in between the August and September issues.
— Stephanie D. Smith
NEW MAN AT THE TOP: Steve DeLuca will swap his 4 Times Square offices for another at Condé’s Third Avenue offices (also home to WWD). He was named the next vice president and publisher at Details, succeeding Chris Mitchell, who moved over to become vice president and publisher of Wired. DeLuca had been associate publisher of Condé Nast Traveler for a year, and has served as associate publisher of Maxim, Vanity Fair and In Style. From 2004 to 2006, he was publisher of Rolling Stone, but was let go after a dispute with Jann Wenner over the location of a party to celebrate the title’s 1,000th issue. Meanwhile, Condé Nast Traveler will promote ad director Beth Lusko to replace DeLuca as associate publisher. Daryl Bowman will become ad director replacing Lusko. Bowman was previously international ad director and oversaw all of the fashion business at the magazine. — S.D.S.
COOK-OFF: That “bake-off” that Entertainment Weekly was staging to determine what the magazine will look like later this year? Sources close to the magazine say John Korpics’ design was chosen as the winner the day that Geraldine Hessler was shown the door last Friday. Hessler, Korpics, Richard Baker and Paula Scher presented their versions of a revamped EW. But Korpics won’t be brought on as the magazine’s new design director, instead remaining as a consultant, a spokeswoman confirmed. Hessler, incidentally, was Korpics’ number two at EW before he jumped to Esquire and later In Style, which he left late last year. — S.D.S.