GIGLI AND BAZAAR? Romeo Gigli is talking to Harper’s Bazaar about a possible sponsorship deal to show his spring collection during the New York shows in November.
“He’s thinking about it, but doesn’t know yet. It could be very nice,” said Teresa Greco, Gigli’s spokeswoman. She confirmed that Gigli met recently with Harper’s Bazaar publisher Carl Portale, and referred any other questions to him. “Discussions are in the very early stages. Nothing is firm yet,” said an HB spokeswoman.
LEAR’S CUT LOOSE: Lear’s is officially out of business, as had been rumored for weeks. Founder Frances Lear announced at a meeting Thursday morning that she was folding the magazine, and then told staff to clean out their offices by 4 p.m.
A source inside the magazine said that while Lear had said the April issue would be the last, it was not certain that issue will be shipped, although it has been printed.
“I feel it’s the best thing I ever worked on, and we put out a smart, stylish magazine,” said executive editor Evelyn Renold. “I’m sorry it had to end this way.”
DARYL’S NEW ROLE: It’s official. Karl Lagerfeld and Elizabeth Arden have signed Daryl Hannah as the face for his new women’s fragrance, Sun, Moon and Stars. It’s set for a September launch in the U.S. and Europe. Peter Lindbergh has been hired to shoot the ad in Monte Carlo later this month.
NIGHTLINE GOES TO PARIS: ABC’s “Nightline” is planning a segment on the Paris collections. Jim Bitterman, ABC News correspondent, based in Paris, shot several shows this week and interviewed designers, store presidents and journalists. An air date hasn’t been set yet.
GLAAD HONOREE: Shoe and accessories designer Kenneth Cole will receive the 1994 GLAAD/NY Media Award Sunday for outstanding achievement in advertising when the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation/New York holds its annual awards ceremony at The Plaza.
HORYN BITES YSL: Even in a season of nasty reviews, one in Thursday’s Washington Post by Cathy Horyn was particularly harsh. “Expecting something great from Yves Saint Laurent these days is a little like waiting for Godot,” Horyn wrote. “Let’s face it, he’s just not coming.”
She continued: “With the lethargy that comes from an empty heart, Saint Laurent put on his show today in the new space of the Carrousel du Louvre…Now and then, one caught a glimpse of something special…but so what? It didn’t add up to a collection.”
ACCOUNTING FOR AIR TIME: “Big Six” accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand will plug its retail consulting practice this Sunday with its first TV commercial. It features two clients, L.L. Bean and Saks Fifth Avenue. The 30-second spot makes it debut on CBS’s “60 Minutes” and will run on various national TV news shows throughout the month. Created by Hill, Holiday, Connors and Cosmopoulos, the commercial was shot at L.L. Bean in Freeport, Maine, and Saks in New York.
THE CONDE NAST ROLLERCOASTER: The changes keep coming at Conde Nast. On Thursday, Lawrence C. Burstein, publisher of Self, was named senior vice president and publisher of The New Yorker, reporting to Thomas A. Florio, president of The New Yorker.
Beth Fuchs Brenner, ad director of Self, will replace Burstein as publisher.
Burstein has been publisher of Self since 1991. Prior to a brief stint as publisher of Elle, he spent nine years at New York magazine, where he sold ad pages with Florio.
Meanwhile, speculation escalated Thursday over who might get the publisher’s job at Glamour, now that Jack Kliger has been elevated to senior vice president, corporate ad sales, as reported. Michael Clinton, publisher of GQ, might have the inside track — Kliger, after all, went from GQ to Glamour — but Kathy Neisloss Leventhal, publisher of Vanity Fair, and Rebecca Darwin, former publisher of Mirabella, are being tossed around as possibilities.
As for Esquire, no one has been named to succeed Ron Galotti as publication director. Galotti resigned Tuesday from Esquire and on Wednesday was named publisher of Vogue.
AT THE MOVIES: The New Yorker will begin airing TV spots Monday night on the David Letterman show to plug its new movie issue that hits stands Monday. The ads were produced by Andy Berlin.