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GRAND EXIT: Was it all too much for Katie Grand? The new creative director of The Face has abruptly resigned her post after barely a month on the job, according to Emap. “Katie has resigned her post as creative director, but will still be involved with the title on a regular basis,” an Emap spokeswoman said. Grand, who will continue as editor of the hot biannual POP magazine, another Emap title, isn’t returning phone calls. Last month, she told WWD she was happy to hold down both jobs. “It was just one of those positions I couldn’t say no to,” she said, referring to her appointment at The Face. Sources at Emap said Grand’s resignation was due to a rift with that firm’s management, and that both parties were at fault. “She has been asked to hang around a while so the magazine can save face,” the source said, intending no pun. Graham Rounthwaite, art director of The Face, is also said to have resigned, and Emap editorial director Ashley Heath has moved to a new position. He will be concentrating on Arena Homme Plus.
This story first appeared in the February 20, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
SOFT SHOE: “Justin rocks!” screamed Jade Jagger, who was wearing a red dress and a pair of Adidas sneakers at the U.K. launch of Adidas Y-3 on Tuesday night. The star of the evening, which was hosted by Yohji Yamamoto and Adidas, was crooner Justin Timberlake, who performed with The Neptunes live on stage at the uber-hip new club Sketch. Christina Aguilera — on a party marathon during London Fashion Week — jumped up momentarily to hit a few high notes, while Janet Jackson spent the evening at the mixing tables singing along to her beau Timberlake’s tunes. Kylie Minogue was there, too, but didn’t make a musical peep.
ASPREY DELAY: The opening of London’s 20,000-square-foot Asprey store on Bond Street has been postponed until early 2004, because of complications with building laws. The store, set to open in November along with a similar unit at Trump Tower in New York, will now open in the first months of next year, although no date has been set, an Asprey spokeswoman confirmed. “There are seven listed buildings that make up the new Asprey store, and the majority of them were constructed in the 16th century, so the regulations are quite strict,” she explained. The New York unit, however, will make its debut on time, she said. The London Asprey store, designed by Norman Foster, will be among the largest luxury goods stores in Europe when it opens.
GIRLS ON FILM: It’s no accident that the top brass at British Vogue are looking particularly polished this week. They will be the subject of a fly-on-the-wall documentary to air on Britain’s Channel 4 in the fall. The film crew has been tracking Alex Shulman, the editor of British Vogue, and her fashion team during London Fashion Week, which ends today, and plans to follow them to Milan and Paris. They will also shadow the Vogue group over the next five months to document their professional lives. “It’s been fun, so far, but it’s being done on my terms,” said Shulman on the sidelines of the Fake London show Wednesday. And Shulman certainly plans to shoo the fly away, now and then. “It’s up to me to tell them when and where they can film,” she said.
TOPSHOP’S FACELIFT: The Oxford Circus Topshop has just undergone some cosmetic surgery. The London-based architectural design duo Shumon Basar and Joshua Bolchever, along with Dazed & Confused fashion editor Alister Mackie, have revamped the Boutique area on the lower-ground floor. As any fashionista worth her Perspex bangles knows, the Boutique area stocks collections by such designers as Sophia Kokosalaki, Hamish Morrow and Russell Sage made especially for Topshop. Basar and Bolchever have transformed the look of the area from vintage thrift-store to contemporary, with stark black-and-white acrylic fixtures. Mackie styled and merchandised it, turning the full-length mirrors into giant collages. Each month a different fashion stylist will retool the area.
FREAK OF THE WEEK: Hey, who needs a runway and beautiful models when you have pavement and alien eggheads? The German fashion label Little Red Riding Hood, which is exhibiting in the tents at London Fashion Week, wandered around London staging impromptu fashion presentations. Three Goth-styled models with egg-shaped bald heads primped and posed in silence as passers-by everywhere from Chelsea to Covent Garden stopped to stare. “We wanted to show human beings in another way,” explained Daniela Goergens, one of the line’s designers. “Maybe that’s what our future will look like.” Stay tuned.