MOVIN’ ON: Claudia Schiffer has joined Roland Mouret and Victoria and David Beckham in the orbit of British entertainment impresario Simon Fuller. The model has inked a partnership with Fuller, who propelled the Spice Girls to fame, dreamed up “Pop Idol,” and nurtured the Beckham brand, for the worldwide management and representation of Schiffer’s name, image and brand rights. The new partnership is a joint venture, aimed at developing Schiffer “branded products in fashion and lifestyle,” according to a statement from Fuller’s company 19 Entertainment. Fuller made waves in September when he formed a joint venture company with Mouret, 19 RM, to develop a string of fashion and design projects.
The Schiffer-Fuller partnership has Fuller managing all of Schiffer’s affairs in beauty, fashion, lifestyle and TV, and is worldwide. “Simon is a creative thinker who understands how important fashion is to people,” said Schiffer in the statement. Fuller added: “[Claudia’s] global recognition as a fashion icon will provide us with many opportunities ahead.” A spokeswoman for Fuller declined further comment.
Meanwhile, another London-based model — and swimsuit designer — is moving on. Elizabeth Hurley has finally set the date for her wedding to Arun Nayar. The couple will wed first on March 3 in England, and later that week (can a girl ever have enough weddings?) in a Hindu ceremony in Udaipur, India. Friends reportedly received a save-the-date from Hurley for March 3 — and for the following seven days.
OPRAH’S BEST BET: After years of teetering around her set on spindly Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin heels, Oprah Winfrey has given Cole Haan’s latest a test drive. Winfrey tested out the company’s new Dress Air footwear collection, which incorporates Nike Air technology into sky-high shoes for comfort. The talk show queen interviewed Cole Haan creative director Gordon Thompson about the technology for the show, which will air today. “Being on Oprah is a great honor for our entire Cole Haan team,” said Jim Seuss, chief executive officer of Cole Haan, which has significantly increased its inventory in preparation for the spot.
This story first appeared in the November 2, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.