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Michael Hainey's day job as deputy editor of GQ hasn't prevented him from pursuing a side line as a painter, as seen, somewhat unobtrusively, in a story in the spring 2007 O at Home and an accompanying segment on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

Francois-Henri Pinault

Francois-Henri Pinault

WWD Staff

ARTISTIC AVOCATION: Michael Hainey‘s day job as deputy editor of GQ hasn’t prevented him from pursuing a side line as a painter, as seen, somewhat unobtrusively, in a story in the spring 2007 O at Home and an accompanying segment on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” The feature on the decoration of designer Nate Berkus‘ new West Village apartment reveals a Hainey original on his living room wall. “Nate saw it on the wall of my girlfriend’s apartment and asked if he could have it,” said Hainey, who has been painting for about five years. The oil and charcoal on canvas is part of a series of 16 and depicts a crow with text that reads, “Always on the edge/of somewhere.” A future GQ cover line perhaps?

Hainey politely declined to name his artistic influences, but did say he has a separate space devoted to painting (and writing) and that he’s open to someday doing a show. At which point he might want to call upon the gallery connections of one Ariel Foxman, the West Village-dwelling former Cargo editor, onetime exhibition curator — and author of the O at Home piece. — Irin Carmon

MAN IN THE NEWS: Most luxury titans hit the headlines either because of their famous labels, an acquisition or some other business subject. But PPR’s François-Henri Pinault crossed over to the celebrity world on Friday when it was confirmed that he and Salma Hayek are engaged and are expecting their first child. The worldwide headlines proclaimed “Salma Hayek Engaged and Expecting a Baby.” Pinault, son of multibillionaire François Pinault, has headed the family firm since May 2003 and is a regular in the front row at the company’s subsidiaries Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen. No details on when the baby is due or when the wedding might take place. Nor was there any indication on which of PPR’s designers Hayek might don on her wedding day.

COMING SOON: Even though the Los Angeles Times’ new Image section is less than a week from its debut (it comes out on March 18), the paper is holding most of the details about the 22-page section close to the vest. Michalene Busico, deputy features editor, said the section is about “self presentation.” Its core coverage will be fashion, but it also will include information on over-the-top spas, cosmetic surgery, Hollywood and red-carpet style and “anything about who you are.” So far, Image is evenly split between editorial and advertising.

Image will have a shopping column but it won’t mimic the Critical Shopper column in The New York Times. In true West Coast style, “it will be a breezy column with store openings and sample sales,” she added. Image will appear in the paper once a month until September, when it will become weekly. Fashion critic Booth Moore said her fashion coverage will appear prominently in Image. “It’s been a dream of mine for years and years and years,” she said of the section. Separately, Image also will have cultural and behavioral stories. — Amy Wicks

HANDLE WITH CARE: Saks Fifth Avenue chose one of the most expensive gowns, at $27,990, from Olivier Theyskens‘ first collection for Nina Ricci, for an upcoming full-page ad in Sunday’s New York Times. Theyskens’ gray silk voile ruffle bustier column gown was whisked off the Paris runway and onto a transatlantic flight, tucked away in a six-foot crate, for a shoot at Saks’ photo studio last week. The ad will announce the first and only New York trunk show for Nina Ricci’s fall collection, said a spokeswoman. The shoot was inspired by Theyskens’ Paris show, right down to the feather placed in the model’s hair. The trunk show will start March 20.