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.””