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JAILHOUSE BLUES: Stylist Derek Khan has landed behind bars for borrowing expensive jewelry and watches and selling the merchandise off to local pawnbrokers for cash. Sources told WWD that the well-known celebrity dresser in the last few months took jewelry and watches from companies including Graff, Harry Winston, Vivid, Piaget, William Goldberg and other high-end jewelers, and never returned it. He was arrested last Wednesday and charged with grand larceny, and is currently imprisoned in New York, a police spokeswoman said. He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.
This story first appeared in the March 10, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Khan, who has worked with Lil’ Kim, Tyra Banks, Mary J. Blige and Aretha Franklin, among others, would tell the jewelry firms he needed merchandise for photo shoots for magazines like Vanity Fair and to dress various celebs, and then gave conflicting stories to different people in each company about where the jewelry was, even claiming to at least one firm it was stuck in Barbados. One source said Khan had a safe in Trump Tower where he would house the jewelry before pawning it off. The value of the jewelry he fingered was in excess of $1.5 million, according to court papers filed with the City of New York. Khan, who is 45, turned himself in to the police last week, after a group of jewelers got together and notified the authorities.
“We have known this guy for a long time, and it’s really unfortunate,” said Henri Barjuirdjian, president of Graff, who said he and other firms have started getting some of the jewelry back now, due to the police’s involvement.
LUNCH BUNCH: Nordstrom Marcus?
“This is going to start rumors about a merger,” Joan Kaner quipped as she and her Neiman Marcus associates broke bread with Pete Nordstrom and other Nordstrom executives at the Carrousel du Louvre after the Jean Paul Gaultier show Saturday. It was Chambre Syndicale president Didier Grumbach who organized the lunch, bringing together two staunch competitors. On the menu? Stuffed bell peppers, followed by some good-natured ribbing.
As dessert arrived, the music started thumping downstairs at the Cacharel show, which prompted everyone to reach for their invitations and debate if they should rush down. Neiman Marcus chief executive Burton Tansky said he felt obliged, but told Nordstrom he shouldn’t.
“I’d better go because I’m in the front row and you’re probably in four,” he offered.
“That’s probably true, because no one wants to sit behind me,” the basketball-player-tall Nordstrom shot back with a laugh.
SUMMER SCHOOL: Expect more crashers at the couture party. On Friday, Revillon officially named Rick Owens its new creative director and said Owens would show his debut ready-to-wear collection during the July couture shows at Revillon’s new headquarters in the Marais.
Word also has it that Tod’s Diego Della Valle has chosen the week to finally unveil its first collection of shoes under the famous Roger Vivier name. Tod’s bought the vast archives and rights to the Vivier name in 2000. Vivier, who died in 1998, is credited with creating the first stiletto heel and thigh-high boot.
ME, MYSELF AND I: “We might have to call it V&R&T,” actress Tilda Swinton joked on Sunday, reflecting on the Viktor & Rolf show the day before.
“They designed the collection for me so I sort of had to be there,” she said on the sidelines of the Chloé show. Backstage at Viktor & Rolf a day earlier, Swinton said she was “existentially confused” as makeup artist Pat McGrath and hairstylist Eugene Souleiman transformed all the models into Swinton doppelgangers.
“They’re doing a very good job of making people look like people who look like me, but I’m not sure I look like me,” she said. But it’ll be the real Swinton who next month begins work in Paris on “The Statement,” a Norman Jewison film also starring Michael Caine.