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.
This story first appeared in the April 4, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
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.