TOM’S TUNE: Speculation about a deal between Tom Ford and the Estée Lauder Cos. continues to swirl, and an announcement could come as early as next week. The latest reports indicate that talks are under way about the possibility of Lauder marketing a Ford product line of some sort. However, it is believed the discussions involve a project that lies outside the boundaries of the flagship Lauder brand. It’s also been speculated that Ford and Domenico De Sole are in talks with an unspecified number of companies on a gamut of Ford projects, ranging from an eyewear license to making a movie. Whatever the reality, Ford, De Sole and Lauder are saying absolutely nothing. When asked about the rumors last week, Ford replied that he had “not as of yet signed any deals at this time.”
MOONLIGHTING: Christophe Girard, director of fashion strategy at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and the deputy mayor of Paris, can soon add another title to his résumé: author. Girard is putting the finishing touches on a book detailing his experience straddling the fashion world and public life during the past four years. Titled “Adjoint,” the French word for “deputy,” the tome will be published this fall by Julliard.
PACKED BAGS: Simonetta Ciampi, whose horn-handled “Mombasa” bag helped catapult Yves Saint Laurent into the leather goods business, has left the French house, WWD has learned. A key hire in 2001 during the Tom Ford era at Gucci Group, Ciampi exited YSL as design director of handbags at the end of March when her contract expired. She also has worked at Escada, Prada and Loewe. A spokesman for PPR, parent of Gucci Group, said her successor at YSL has yet to be named.