ROLLING HEADS: Following on the heels of Rolling Stone editor Robert Love last month, Wenner Media carried out yet another high-profile removal on Monday when it fired Brian Beaudry, its director of consumer marketing. Beaudry had been with the company for five years, operating as the magazine conglomerate’s circulation director for all three of its titles — Rolling Stone, Us Weekly and Men’s Journal. The company has not found a replacement and its spokesman said they might choose to eliminate the position and rely on outside consulting firms.
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WAITING ROOM: Good things come to those who wait. That’s the mantra of Azzedine Alaïa, who squeezed a few new frocks out of his exacting atelier to show buyers attending the Paris ready-to-wear shows last March. He had intended to have buyers return this month, but alas, more patience is required. He said Tuesday he now plans to invite buyers and editors to his Marais headquarters during couture week in Paris, July 8 to 11. The exact date and time have yet to be confirmed. These things take time.
VUITTON TIME: Louis Vuitton today unveils in Paris the first watches in the brand’s 148-year history. Called “Tambour” after the French word for drum, the signature watch is slated to arrive in select Vuitton stores this fall. The luxury firm is keeping tight wraps on other details, but very observant types might have noticed that about 20 Vuitton executives have been test-driving the new models, which are round, chunky and, in their details and colors, very Vuitton.
FASHION DJ: Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert DeNiro and Donatella Versace have all booked VIP tables to party Thursday to the sounds of house DJ Charles Schillings at London’s hot spot restaurant Hakkassan. Schillings is becoming quite a fixture on the fashion circuit: Karl Lagerfeld designed the cover to his compilation CD, “It’s About…” that came out in March, and the DJ regularly spins at Lagerfeld’s runway shows.
CASE STUDY: Like legions of fashion professionals, Julie Gilhart of Barneys New York has walked by the Goyard boutique on Rue Saint Honoré in Paris at least a “gazillion times,” according to her reckoning. But the 149-year-old luggage retailer, its wood-paneled shop untouched for decades, recently captured her fancy — big time. To wit: Barneys will begin carrying its handbags, luggage and dog accessories in a 400-square-foot shop this fall on its revamped first floor. Until now, Goyard has never wholesaled. Gilhart said she’s fascinated by the brand’s rich history and cult following. Among the hipsters who’ve recently become devotees are Hedi Slimane and Alex de Betak.
YOUTHQUAKE: Emanuele Cristofoli has one on Zac Posen — he’s even younger. The Rome-based, baby-faced designer, just 20, is still studying fashion in Milan, but he’s already launched a collection, Laccio, available exclusively at Villa Moda in Kuwait and hanging next to the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni and Junya Watanabe. Cristofoli has also caught the eye of Bloomingdale’s Kal Ruttenstein, who was struck by the designer’s Botticelli-angel curls, and cool, reworked military skirts and pants, some with New York souvenir motifs. “He even modeled them for me,” Ruttenstein chuckled. Ruttenstein already booked an appointment to see Laccio’s next creations when he attends men’s fashion week in Milan in late June.
TAKE TWO: Isaac Mizrahi, who famously made a cameo in Woody Allen’s “Celebrity” a few years back, has done an encore in “Hollywood Ending,” the Allen comedy that bowed at the Cannes Film Festival and just started showing in theaters. In the film, which sends up filmmaking, Mizrahi plays a set designer with highfalutin ambitions to rebuild half of Manhattan, including the reservoir in Central Park, for one movie scene.