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NEW LOOK: Natalie Portman, with her hair up in a pompadour hairstyle, has adopted a sexy androgynous look for the latest cover of V magazine. Mario Testino shot Portman in London and the actress talked to the magazine about her first-ever sex scene in the upcoming war drama, “Brothers,” where she’s the loyal wife of a marine, played by Tobey Maguire. Also in the issue, which hits newsstands today, Gisele Bündchen spoke to Testino about Rio, the subject of his latest book, and Hedi Slimane shot a 10-page “rock couture” feature with Natalia Vodianova. — A.W.
This story first appeared in the November 4, 2009 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
ROSIE DROPS EILEEN: Rosie O’Donnell has never been shy about declaring her love for the styles of Eileen Fisher. She’s talked about the designer during public appearances and on TV, noting how the clothing has changed her life. What’s more, O’Donnell even asked Nora Ephron to write an extra line in her new play, “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” to defend the designer after one actor says, “When you start wearing Eileen Fisher, you might as well just say I give up.”
But as many relationships go, it appears the love was flowing in only one direction. While performing in the play recently, O’Donnell got word Fisher was actually in the audience. O’Donnell rehashed their conversation during her radio show on Sirius XM on Monday. “I see [her] and say, ‘I love you, and you have helped me. You can’t imagine how much stress I had in my life because of clothing but once I found you three years ago everything changed. On behalf of every plus-sized woman in the world, I just want to thank you,’” O’Donnell recalled. “‘And I want to ask you why do you only have the [plus] sizes down in SoHo?’”
According to O’Donnell’s account, the praise seemed lost on Fisher, who responded to O’Donnell’s query by saying, “That’s not really our demographic…you know, we sell a lot of size two.” O’Donnell said she then remarked, “Oh yeah, the plus-size two.” And Fisher countered, “No, the regular size two.”
“So, you’re trying to design for everyone and you don’t really want the association with the plus-size people?” O’Donnell recalled saying. To which, she said, Fisher responded, “Well, it’s just not the image that we’re going for.”
And that was it for O’Donnell. “It was like someone stabbed me in the heart,” said the actor and comedian on her radio show. “I was like, ‘OK, Eileen, we’re broken up. I am wearing Donna Karan from now on.’”
As for Fisher’s recollection of the conversation, that remains unclear. The designer did not return several phone calls seeking comment. — Amy Wicks
PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT: Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour joins a list of entertainment names on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, which was unveiled by the White House Monday Night. Wintour, who has gotten close to the Obama camp through cohosting a fund-raiser to honor Michelle Obama during her husband’s presidential campaign and featuring the First Lady on the cover of Vogue, will join 24 others on the board. Others named to the committee include Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Sen. John Kerry; Bryan Lourd, managing director and co-chairman of Creative Artists Agency; actors Sarah Jessica Parker, Forrest Whitaker and Edward Norton, and musician Yo-Yo Ma. The committee will advise President Obama on how to expand the role of the arts in society. — Stephanie D. Smith
BIGGER JOB: Abigail Pesta has been promoted to editor at large from deputy editor at Marie Claire. Her new role will take Pesta out of her offices at the Hearst Tower more frequently as she will be traveling more for international coverage in the magazine. Pesta joined Marie Claire from Glamour, where she spearheaded bringing Mariane Pearl, activist and wife of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, to the magazine. Prior to Glamour, Pesta worked at the Journal in Hong Kong, and for Dow Jones Newswires in London and WSJ.com in New York. — S.D.S.