WHERE’S DUTCH: The Dutch magazine drama isn’t over yet. Eleventh-hour talks are taking place to decide the future of the bimonthly magazine, the fate of which has been in doubt since founder and editor Sandor Lubbe mysteriously resigned last July. A spokesman for Audax, the Amsterdam-based company that owns 60 percent of Art View — the publisher of Dutch — denied rumors that the magazine had folded. Instead, he confirmed that Audax was still talking to potential buyers about selling its 60 percent stake in Art View.
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“Negotiations are still going on in our main office, and the parties have until the weekend to decide,” the spokesman said. “So far, there is still a possibility that Dutch will continue.” He declined to name potential buyers, but sources said the front runner is the Netherlands-based N.T.G., which publishes music magazines.
Meanwhile Lubbe — who still owns the remaining 40 percent in Art View — said his new magazine Berlin, which was slated to make its debut this month, has also been put on ice, though he said he was continuing to work on it. He said he still is in talks with his own lawyers about the fate of his 40 percent stake in Art View.
Lubbe, who for two months has kept mum about his reasons for resigning from Dutch and about details of his future projects, said he stepped down from Dutch in frustration over the new management at Audax. The last straw came when Audax proposed merging the September-October issue with the November-December one for financial reasons, he said.
Lubbe and Audax also clashed over Berlin. “It was my understanding that I was free to do other projects.
FICTIONAL FASHION: Giorgio Armani is the latest member of the fashion world to get the novel treatment. Author Gini Alhadeff has apparently provided readers with a fictional account of her experiences working for the designer during the Eighties in her latest novel, “Diary of a Djinn,” proofs of which are making the rounds in New York. The novel is slated for a Feb. 4, 2003, release by Pantheon Books, a subsidiary of Random House. Alhadeff could not be reached at press time and a representative for Armani had no comment. Alhadeff’s first book, “The Sun at Midday,” which told the story of the author’s Sephardic Jewish family, was widely praised by critics. Alhadeff’s book follows on the heels of former Anna Wintour assistant Lauren Weisberger getting $250,000 for an unfinished roman a clef about Vogue, “The Devil Wears Prada.” Then, as The New York Post reported, ex-Vogue writer Plum Sykes inked a lucrative deal with Miramax Books for her first loosely autobiographical novel, “Bergdorf Blondes.”
CUT AND PASTE: Carine Roitfeld, who caused a stir last month by devoting French Vogue to fur, has taken scissors to the cover of the October issue. The unusual collage is to announce the issue’s focus on cutting-edge designers and artists. “We dare to do it because Vogue is really a fashion magazine and this graphic style is very fashion,” she said. But Roitfeld said variety is important. To wit: she’s plotting a more classic cover for November with model Angela Lindvall.
Meanwhile, it appears a tiff between the magazine and Narciso Rodriguez has been resolved. Sources said Roitfeld, who attended a birthday cocktail in her honor in lieu of Rodriguez’s show last week, was chastised for her absence and was told that her truancy would be remembered the next time she wanted to borrow clothes. Pierre Rougier, p.r. for Rodriguez, dismissed the rumor as hogwash.