TOM TEASERS: There seems to be a rumor a day swirling around Tom Ford and his plans for the future, ranging from he’s cast his first film to he’s designing a car to he’s signed an eyewear license. The latest is that he’s in talks with the Estée Lauder Cos. about a major role with the company. Well, that one might have a grain of truth. While Ford isn’t about to become the Lauder brand’s creative director, as some reports have claimed, he apparently is talking to the beauty group about a venture. Lauder executives on Friday had “no comment,” but it’s thought that, if a deal is reached with Ford, it will happen within the next two weeks. In any event, the discussions involve a proposal outside the boundaries of the Lauder brand. But who knows? This is a company that now has licenses with both Donald Trump and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, so anything is clearly possible.
Ford remains mum about details of his plans. Last Thursday, when asked about various rumors, he said he has “not as of yet signed any deals at this time.”
He didn’t mention whether he was looking, though — and beauty clearly isn’t the only option on Ford’s menu. In recent weeks, a source close to his agent, Bryan Lourd, said Ford was considering starring and directing in a film — and in a Warholian turn, that his one-time muse and French Vogue editor, Carine Roitfeld, also would make a cameo. Next came word from a producer in Hollywood that Ford has not only optioned a project, but has apparently also signed a deal to do eyewear. Now there’s a point-of-purchase deal: A pair of signature sunglasses to go with that Tom Ford bronzer, anyone?
TORY IN THE HEARTLAND: Starting this afternoon, Tory Burch could well be a household name across Middle America. Her friend, Jennifer Creel, may have landed a cameo on “The Bold and the Beautiful” earlier this year, but Burch hit the daytime TV jackpot when Oprah Winfrey called a few weeks back and invited her to film a spot on the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” which will air today. Winfrey, it turns out, has become a huge fan of Tory by TRB, Burch’s clothing line, and invited Burch to stage a fashion show before her TV audience of 30 million. “It was terrifying to think about how many people were watching,” said Burch. “But I’ve always been such a big fan — just meeting Oprah was the best part.” Winfrey, it should be said, looked smashing in TRB’s navy blue dickie with silver lamé collar and cuffs. But the rhinestone-encrusted linen HotPants, she told Burch, weren’t for her.CAMELIAS FOR CARATS: Anne Fahey, Chanel’s veteran executive director of fashion public relations, is heading to Cartier as vice president of p.r. She replaces Marian Gulbrandsen, who recently left the company to spend more time with her family. Cartier is expected to announce the appointment today, though executives at the jewelry company and at Chanel were told on Friday.
Fahey has been at Chanel for 15 years. At Cartier, she will head up the p.r. and events program, reporting to Stanislas de Quercize, president and chief executive officer.
FOURTH TIME’S A CHARM: Call off the search party — Catherine Romano has turned up and is working for Bonnie Fuller. Romano, last seen working in development for Hearst, has been named acting executive editor of Celebrity Living, a new weekly title due out shortly from American Media. It will be the fourth time Romano has worked under Fuller, AMI’s editorial director. The two were together at YM, Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan. Meanwhile, Mary Ann Norbom, Star magazine’s West Coast bureau chief, is shifting over into the same position at Celebrity Living. The first of the magazine’s five test issues hits newsstands April 23.
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye