SEPTEMBER FACE-OFF: With September right around the corner, fashion and lifestyle magazines are getting ready to unveil their biggest issues of the year. And the covergirls for September are Sarah Jessica Parker on Elle; Drew Barrymore on...
SEPTEMBER FACE-OFF: With September right around the corner, fashion and lifestyle magazines are getting ready to unveil their biggest issues of the year. And the covergirls for September are Sarah Jessica Parker on Elle;Drew Barrymore on Harper’s Bazaar; Jennifer Connelly on Vanity Fair, and Reese Witherspoon on W. WWD learned Vogue’s covergirl is Kate Hudson, although a spokesman said it’s not definite yet.
NYLON GETS MILKED: The troubles at Nylon began last month with the arrest of Sam Waksal, a big investor in Nylon, who is facing charges for insider trading. Then several of the magazine’s contributors told gossip columnists that they were not paid for their work. After that, the magazine’s PR company, Four Corners Communications, filed a civil lawsuit against Nylon for uncollected funds. Now, Milk Studios is alleging that Nylon owes them more than $16,000 for shoots done in 2001 and is threatening a lawsuit of its own. "The newest invoice is almost a year old and it’s at a point where we just feel like we’re being lied to," said studio director and partner Mazdack Rassi.
Rassi said he often gave the magazine free space and equipment, asking editor Marvin Jarrett and his publisher/wife Jaclynn Jarrett only to pay for overtime, catering and extra equipment. "We did them a favor and they completely screwed us," Rassi said. "They constantly say ‘we’ll take care of it,’ and they never do. Then I read the article in the New York Post and that opened it up for us. We’re a big studio, we have money, but there is a lot of young talent — writers and photographers — that have no voice and no money. We had to come forward."
Rassi said that his studio regularly works with independent magazines with limited budgets — among them Surface, Another and Dazed and Confused. "Nylon is the only magazine that has truly burned us," he said.
Jaclynn Jarrett acknowledged that a rift had developed with Milk, but said that Nylon has"been back and forth on it [with Rassi], trying to get to an amount that’s agreeable to everyone."
NAOMI’S BRIEF SHOOT: The U.K.-based innerwear company Splendour is mulling legal action against Naomi Campbell, after she walked out on the shoot for their ad campaign. "She seemed quite upset and distracted by something," Splendour’s chief executive officer Mark Pilkington told WWD. "She wouldn’t let our designer touch her, which meant the designer couldn’t rearrange the garments on her body." Pilkington said the last straw came when Campbell refused to model a thong from the collection. "We’d sent her a sample of the underwear, so she’d know what to expect, and a thong is pretty standard in an underwear shoot," he said, adding that the company has withheld Campbell’s $75,000 fee. A Campbell spokeswoman in London declined to comment.
TIME’S HIT LIST: Time is coming out with its second, stand-alone fashion supplement, and the focus will be on the 25 most influential people in the industry. Sources say the list will include Anna Wintour, Tom Ford, Morgan Stanley’s Claire Kent, headhunter Floriane de Saint Pierre and Zara chief executive Amancio Ortega Gaona. The glossy supplement, which will be published on Sept. 30 — in time for the Milan ready-to-wear shows — will carry advertising by companies including Chanel, Gucci, Burberry, Dior and Cartier. It will be edited by Lauren Goldstein, fashion editor of the European edition of Time.
ROAD TO SAKS: Saks Fifth Avenue is helping Dreamworks Pictures launch its new film, "Road to Perdition," with windows at the New York flagship and at the Beverly Hills branch that will display costumes and props from the film, alongside men’s merchandise that the store sells. The windows will go in on Tuesday, while the film, a period piece about family conflicts and mobsters in Chicago in the Thirties, opens nationwide next Friday. The movie stars Tom Hanks, Jude Law and Paul Newman and was directed by Sam Mendes, who also directed "American Beauty."
SFA’s windows will be tagged in a New York Times ad on Monday and radio ads this weekend in the tri-state area and in Los Angeles, plugging a Saks.com contest for a $1,000 shopping spree. Also, Saks is hosting a private screening on July 11.
MAXIM UNIVERSITY: No, it’s not Maxim editors running around with video cameras filming topless co-eds in a Girls Gone Wild-type homage. Maxim editor in chief Keith Blanchard and Dennis Publishing U.S. president Stephen Colvin will be lecturing at the venerable Columbia School of Journalism on Monday, July 15. The title of Blanchard’s lecture will be (Art Cooper, please don’t read any further!) "Maxim Saves Journalism," while Colvin’s lecture is entitled "Give The People What They Want."
"The business is in real trouble, and producers of magazines are focusing on the reader again instead of on advertisers," said Blanchard. "Maxim’s honest approach to content is seen as irreverent, in stark contrast to those who follow meekly the business concerns that pay their salaries. That’s what I’ll be talking about at Columbia.""
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews