Memo Pad: Kate Moss Goes Mass… Billionaires’ Club… Oh, Those Ambitious Media Types…

"Yes dahling, it's sell, sell, sell," Kate Moss says of her new apparel collection for Topshop in the April issue of British Vogue, out Monday.



WWD Staff

KATE MOSS GOES MASS: “Yes dahling, it’s sell, sell, sell,” Kate Moss says of her new apparel collection for Topshop in the April issue of British Vogue, out Monday.

British Vogue unveils the collection in a 10-page, exclusive feature in which Moss also dishes on her inspirations for the collection. “I thought it should be a bit more edgy. Just because you’re wearing a pretty dress, it doesn’t have to be all pretty-pretty,” she says. “I’d just gotten this book of photographs about that club Studio 54 and I wanted it more like that.”

Nick Knight shot Moss in six outfits from the 80-piece line. The Kate Moss for Topshop collection launches in stores and online on May 1, with prices ranging from about $23 for a cotton tank to $380 for items such as a leather jacket. The Vogue cover shot features a black lamé minidress, which retails for 55 pounds, or $106.

In the interview, Moss even reveals that her four-year-old daughter, Lila, has inherited the fashion gene. “She comes in at bedtime and says, ‘Mummy, do you think this is a good look?’ And then she has a fashion crisis,” Moss tells Alexandra Shulman, editor in chief of British Vogue.

But the shoot is just the beginning. Moss’ fans soon will be able to listen to the model discuss her line of dresses, jackets, smocks and shorts in person. Topshop is planning to broadcast a series of behind-the-scenes podcasts of Moss at work on its Web site later this month. Nina Jones

BILLIONAIRES’ CLUB: There are at least a billion reasons to copy a designer brand, just ask Bernard Arnault, the owner of Zara and the head of H&M. All three have landed in the top 20 of the 2007 Forbes Billionaires List. The LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton chief is worth $26 billion, putting him seventh on the list, and is closely followed by Zara’s Amancio Ortega, with a net worth of $24 billion, and Stefan Persson of H&M, who has $18.4 billion. But cheap chic certainly isn’t the only fashionable way to get on the list. François Pinault of PPR, parent of Gucci Group, isn’t far behind Persson, with $14.5 billion, and Alain and Gerard Wertheimer of Chanel have a net worth of $10 billion.

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Ralph Lauren checks in at number 158 on the list of 946 billionaires, with a net worth of $5 billion, and Giorgio Armani is right behind Lauren, with $4.5 billion. Prada and Hermès (Dumas) are the biggest fashion names to drop off the list this year, largely due to new information that showed their fortunes were shared with multiple family members, a spokeswoman said.

Several media moguls also are sitting pretty in the billionaire’s club, with Rupert Murdoch up $2.5 billion this year to $9 billion as News Corp. enjoys the success of Fox News and MySpace. S.I. Newhouse Jr., chairman of Condé Nast Publications (parent of WWD), and Donald Newhouse share the same ranking and net worth, each having $7.3 billion, and sit at number 100 on the list — last year’s list had both men sharing the 65th rank. Meanwhile, Murdoch nemesis and New York Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman makes the list with $2.8 billion. William Randolph Hearst 3rd leads the Hearst family in the rankings with $2.1 billion. He earned an extra $100 million over the rest of the family for working as a partner at Kleiner Perkins in Silicon Valley. Austin Hearst, David Hearst Jr., George Hearst Jr. and Phoebe Hearst Cooke have $2 billion each, according to Forbes. — Amy Wicks

OH, THOSE AMBITIOUS MEDIA TYPES: A largely admiring profile of New York Times managing editor for news Jill Abramson in the April issue of Elle, partially illustrated with a photo-booth strip of Abramson and buddy Maureen Dowd in 1999, leaves virtually no aspect of the editor unexamined. There’s her professional prowess (“Abramson has, with one notable exception, impressed every boss she’s worked for with what [The New Yorker’s Jane] Mayer characterizes as her habit of almost never making mistakes”), her voice (“adenoidal to the point of honk”), discussions of her involvement as Washington bureau chief in the Judith Miller and Jayson Blair affairs — and the question of who will succeed current executive editor Bill Keller. New York Times Co. chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. denies to Elle writer Andrew Goldman that appointing the first woman to hold the post would be reason itself to pick Abramson. “You’re talking to the guy who hired the first female general manager of The New York Times, the guy who hired the first female editorial page editor and the first female [chief executive officer] of The New York Times Co.,” Sulzberger says. “OK, if I had that in my system, I’ve gotten it out by now.” (Last year, Abramson herself penned a Week in Review story for the Times headlined, “When Will We Stop Saying, ‘First Woman to ____’?”)

Elsewhere in the issue, whose loose theme is ambition, former New Yorker editorial assistant Louisa Kamps catches up with her former colleagues at the magazine to analyze her post-motherhood loss of career drive. Those making cameos who have since climbed the media ladder include New York Times critic Virginia Heffernan, Men’s Vogue editor in chief Jay Fielden and articles editor Mark Rozzo, New York Times dining editor Pete Wells and regular Times freelancer Liesl Schillinger. — Irin Carmon

IN THE PINK: Ermenegildo Zegna isn’t a brand for bubble-brains — let’s make that clear. And if there were any doubts about that, Zegna’s spring ad campaign should set them to rest. Dubbed “Great Minds Think Alike,” the ad shows four well-dressed men (presumably in Zegna suits) all reading the Financial Times — and apparently having a grand old time doing so. All four are laughing as they scan the pink pages (who says economics is the dismal science?). Zegna asked the FT for permission to use the paper, and, not surprisingly, they leaped at the chance. “We’re flattered that Zegna decided to use the FT in their latest advertising campaign,” said Ben Hughes, global commercial director and deputy chief executive officer. “It’s a very attractive advert and confirms the FT’s position as Europe’s number-one business newspaper.” A spokeswoman for Zegna declined to comment. The ad appears in GQ, Esquire and Time Style and Design. No word on how the Wall Street Journal feels about the FT plug. — Samantha Conti

VF BULKS UP: Edward Menicheschi has named Judith Perez to a newly created position of international fashion advertising director at Vanity Fair. Perez previously worked as executive director, international fashion for In Style. Perez began her magazine career at W as a merchandising manager. — A.W.