NAOMI’S REVERSAL OF FORTUNE: Naomi Campbell’s victory against the Daily Mirror newspaper in the U.K. this year was short-lived. The Court of Appeal overturned a lower court’s decision to award Campbell $5,250 in damages from the Mirror for breach of confidence and invasion of privacy. As reported in March, the newspaper last year ran stories and photos about Campbell attending meetings of Narcotics Anonymous and giving details of the therapy. The lower court had said the Mirror “trashed her as a person in a highly offensive and hurtful manner.” The Court of Appeal, however, has ruled that details of the model’s drug addiction and treatment was information that the paper was entitled to publish “in the public interest.” The high court said the paper had the right to reveal that Campbell had deceived the public when she said — on previous occasions — that she did not take drugs. In a statement, Campbell called the latest ruling harsh: “The idea that because you deny something about your private life, automatically entitles the media to publish otherwise private information, seems to me to be very harsh indeed.”
Campbell’s lawyers have indicated that they plan to ask the House of Lords to consider a further appeal.
As a result of the new ruling, Campbell will be forced to pay approximately $1.13 million in legal fees. Piers Morgan, editor of the Daily Mirror, said in a statement: “It couldn’t happen to a nicer lying, drug-abusing, prima donna. I hope this historic victory sends a message to the more egotistical, pampered, self-deluded celebrities out there that if you relentlessly court the media and make money out of us, then you have to accept the occasional journalistic rough with the smooth.”
VIOLENT STREAK: Christophe Girard, director of fashion strategy at LVMH and the deputy mayor of Paris, has become the latest victim of a wave of violence sweeping Paris. Four men accosted Girard and attempted to steal his cell phone as he exited a movie theatre in the 19th arrondissement Monday night. Girard was not hurt, but was recovering from the shock at his home Tuesday, his assistant said. The attack comes less than two weeks after Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe was stabbed in the stomach during an all-night party at the city hall, and rap mogul Damon Dash was attacked by a gang of thugs near Les Halles.
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ALSO CONRAN: It didn’t open in time for Paris Fashion Week, but Sir Terence Conran will launch its second Paris restaurant, Senso, at the end of the month. Located in the newly renovated Tremoille hotel, it will boast a 62-seat restaurant serving French cuisine and a large bar and lounge area with nightly DJs. Conran’s other Paris restaurant is Alcazar.
FASHION DOWN UNDER: Giselle Bündchen and Natalie Imbruglia are expected to help inaugurate Mercedes Australian Fashion Week. The festivities get going with 40 designers Nov. 10 in Melbourne’s Federation Square.