MUTUAL INVESTORS: Lawrence Stroll may have stepped down as co-chairman and a director of Tommy Hilfiger, but he still owns a piece of the company. Likewise, Tommy Hilfiger still has an interest in Asprey & Garrard, the London-based luxury jewelers. “Joel [Horowitz, chief executive officer of Tommy Hilfiger] and I are partners in Asprey, as well,” said Hilfiger on Wednesday. Hilfiger said he and Stroll remain good friends, and their families are vacationing together later this month. As reported, Stroll’s main reason for stepping down from Hilfiger was to devote more time to building Asprey & Garrard. However, a few sources believe Stroll could be setting himself up to acquire a competing company to Hilfiger some day.
HAS THE LUBBE GONE?: Has Sandor Lubbe been driven out of Dutch magazine? Rumors are flying on both sides of the Atlantic that Lubbe, the editor in chief and publisher of Dutch, has pushed his partners at Audax Media a step too far. Sources in London said Lubbe has been spending a lot of time — and company money — promoting Berlin, his new fashion, lifestyle and celebrity magazine. “He’s basically spending money that isn’t his on the new project,” alleged one source. Another source claimed Lubbe has been having “ongoing difficulties” with Audax about the Berlin project. A spokeswoman for the Netherlands-based Audax Media, which owns Dutch with Lubbe, said she “knew nothing” about reports that Lubbe had left Dutch, and that it was business as usual at the magazine. Lubbe did not return phone calls on Wednesday.
BLASS ITALIAN STYLE: The Bill Blass collections are heading to Venice, as the house has been tapped to represent the American fashion industry during the city’s 59th International Film Festival starting Aug. 29. TMG Productions, which hosted Blass designer Lars Nilsson for a show in Miami this year, is now bringing the line to Italy to dress actresses and VIPs for screenings, plus a fashion show on San Marco Island. While Nilsson won’t be making the trip, citing the proximity to his September fashion show in New York, the company is sending looks from his fall collection, some from the company’s new bridge collection and a smattering of pieces from the company’s archives. To complete the look, MAC is serving as the exclusive makeup team for the event.
DIOR TAPS LOURD: Christian Dior took another step toward raising its profile in Hollywood Wednesday by naming Crystal Lourd to a new West Coast public relations post. She will report to another new addition at the luxury house, Alixe Boyer, vice president of communications for Dior North America. The pair worked at Ralph Lauren, where Boyer was senior director of communications and marketing and Lourd served as its Los Angeles p.r. consultant. Lourd was also West Coast editor for Allure and associate West Coast editor for Vogue. She joins Dior Sept. 3.