CALVIN CANNES: Calvin Klein put the paparazzi into overdrive when he arrived in Cannes last week with Bianca Jagger on his arm. He flew in to attend the 10th anniversary party for French TV journalist Marie-Christiane Marek, who held her fete aboard Mouna Ayoub’s yacht. It was broadcast live on Paris Premiere, with Klein reminiscing about the time in February 2000 when Marek broadcast Klein’s runway show live. Other designers on board included Jean Paul Gaultier, Julien Macdonald, Kenzo Takada and Olivier Theyskens.
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LINDBERGH RETURNS TO HB: Peter Lindbergh, who hasn’t shot for Harper’s Bazaar since 1996, has returned to the magazine as a contributing photographer. His first shoot will appear in the fall. Lindbergh had been under contract to Bazaar during the Liz Tilberis era, but the magazine didn’t renew his contract in April 1996.
WINDOW DRESSING: Harrods has given new meaning to exhibitionism, dropping a “family” of four into its front windows to play for a week in a faux house filled with electronic and Internet-linked gadgets. The project is sponsored by LG Electronics, a Korean digital appliance manufacturer. LG has installed Web cameras in the windows to chart the simulated family’s ability to use various appliances, like a high-tech microwave and refrigerator. Last Friday, the family — which is dressed head-to-toe in Harrods clothing — learned to play snooker, and on Saturday they spent their morning with the British pop band Liberty X. There’s no doubt the experiment has been a success: There is a constant crowd in front of the Harrods window, and some 3.5 million hits have been registered so far on the site lginternetfamily.co.uk.
HEDI ON MANHATTAN: In a cover story in the June/July Index, Hedi Slimane says New York’s a great place to visit, but he wouldn’t want to live here.
“I love New York. But I’m not the sort of person who could design clothes in Manhattan, then send them to Paris just before the shows. I joined Dior because of its proximity to the whole tradition of couture, which you can only have in Paris. There would be no authenticity anywhere else,” Slimane tells Klaus Biesenbach, chief curator of New York’s P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, in an interview.
Slimane, who has homes in Paris and Berlin, believes New York will be more interesting in the next few years than it has been recently. “New York was in a vertigo of success and money during the late Nineties, and consequently there was a lot of inauthenticity in people’s creative processes. People were not true to themselves. They were jaded. Everything looked formulaic. Since Sept. 11, it’s a different world. I think the way people relate to each other has changed a lot. It feels more like the city that I remember from 10 years ago. There’s more doubt, and that means, eventually, a place for more creativity.”
SHADES OF GREEN: French magazine publisher Editions Jalou has its sights, literally, on ad revenues from its covers. The May issues of Jalouse and l’Officiel feature ads for sunglasses on the covers: Jalouse with a transparent band showing four styles by Alain Mikli on four different models, and L’Officiel with a split triple cover that allows readers to flip and show the same cover model sporting different styles of Chanel sunglasses. Both publications declined to discuss any details of the product, but industry sources say the ad didn’t come cheap — they estimate the costs at more than $64,000, with print costs running the total package easily into six figures. Editions Jalou has a reputation for unusual covers in a market where fashion magazines depend on newsstands to sell up to 80 percent of copies. Jalouse has run a holographic ad for Chanel’s Allure fragrance on its cover, as well as a series of nude men with scratch-off sections over their private parts.
SINDLINGER GOES ORGANIC: Organic Style is getting more stylish. It’s named Stacy Sindlinger as style director. She will be responsible for producing, directing and styling fashion and lifestyle stories for the magazine. She is based in New York and reports to Peggy Northrop, editor in chief. Prior to joining Organic Style, Sindlinger was an interior design consultant, before which she owned Rhubarb Home, an antique and home furnishings boutique in New York.
A&F’s NEW AD: Has Sam Shahid called in a favor? The owner of Shahid & Co. and creative director of Interview has managed to snare an exclusive ad from Abercrombie & Fitch for Interview’s June issue — and A&F just happens to be a client. The ad shows a naked woman, who appears to have lost her bikini, being chased by a naked man. The ad, which also appears in the quarterly, was shot under water by Bruce Weber. “It’s a fantasy for the summer, to be chased like a mermaid,” said Shahid.
OLIVIER TWIST: Olivier Bialobos has been named worldwide director of public relations for Yves Saint Laurent. He starts July 15 and succeeds Maryvonne Numate, who left the company. Bialobos reports to Tom Ford, Gucci Group creative director, and Mark Lee, president of YSL Rive Gauche. At present, Bialobos is agency publicity director at KCD Paris, a subsidiary of KCD Inc., the New York-based fashion agency specializing in media relations and creative services. KCD remains a worldwide strategic consultant to YSL.