PUBLISHING POWER LUNCH: The Four Seasons might be pricey, but the truth is that it’s as much the publishing world’s equivalent of the high school cafeteria as it is a genuine power players’ hot spot. On hand Tuesday afternoon for lunch were Condé Nast president Steve Florio dining with corporate cousin Parade ceo Walter Anderson; Hearst Magazines president Cathleen Black; publishing powerhouse Phyllis Grann, Meredith Corp.’s editorial director Myrna Blyth; media investment banker John Veronis, GQ editor in chief and runner-up to Karl Lagerfeld in the celebrity dieter of the year contest, Art Cooper; financier Steve Rattner; FHM president and executive publisher Dana Fields, and FHM editor in chief Scott Gramling (who kept answering his cell phone because his wife was due to give birth that day. As of press time Wednesday, the baby had not yet been born.) Fields apparently likes the place — she had a 6:30 dinner reservation on Tuesday as well.
CRYING WOOF: Tommy Hilfiger might not like to see his name parodied in a line of pet perfume called “Timmy Holedigger,” but he’ll have to live with it. A Manhattan federal court judge ruled against the fashion firm, saying that the maker of the doggie fragrance, Nature Labs, did not infringe on the famous Hilfiger mark. The manufacturer’s other pet perfumes include: CK-9 (à la Calvin Klein’s cK One), Bono Sports (for Ralph Lauren’s Polo Sport), Miss Claybone (is Liz listening?) and White Dalmatians (for Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds). The only fashion company that might truly have a bone to pick is Pucci — apparently Nature Labs is unaware of the real Pucci, as in house of Emilio, which is majority-owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Packaging slogans for the pampered pooch include: “Strong enough for a man, but made for a chihuahua,” and “If You Like Tommy Hilfiger, Your Pet Will Love Timmy Holedigger.” So far, Hilfiger has been the only company that was bothered enough by the parody to go to court.