ADIEU, DUTCH: It’s game over for Dutch. A spokesman for Audax, the Amsterdam-based company that owns 60 percent of Art View — the publisher of the alternative fashion magazine — said Thursday that Dutch will close. As reported, eleventh-hour talks were taking place with potential buyers late last week, but they didn’t work out. “The deadline for a sale has passed, the magazine is not going to be sold, and Audax is not going to continue with it. We’re not prepared to invest in it,” he said. The spokesman added that Audax would be sending letters to advertisers in the coming week, and was currently going through the lists of people — including employees — to whom it still owes money. It is unclear, however, what will happen to founder and former editor Sandor Lubbe’s 40 percent stake in Art View. Lubbe could not be reached for comment at press time. As reported, Lubbe has himself delayed the launch of his magazine Berlin.
POLANSKI LAWYERS UP: Roman Polanski is suing Vanity Fair for libel in the U.K. over an article that appeared in the July issue of the magazine. The story — about the restaurant Elaine’s — includes a remark that Polanski allegedly made to a Swedish woman at the restaurant shortly after Sharon Tate’s death. In an anecdote recounted by Lewis Lapham, Polanski walked into Elaine’s just after his wife was viciously murdered and allegedly began hitting on a Swedish woman seated with Lapham, allegedly promising “to make another Sharon Tate” out of her.
A Condé Nast spokeswoman said the company was aware of the lawsuit and was looking into it. Sources in London, however, said Vanity Fair’s attorneys were already hammering out their defense. “The lawyers now have to prove that Polanski said what he said. But that shouldn’t be a problem because there were so many witnesses,” one source said. But Polanski clearly knows one thing: U.K. libel laws are far more stringent than those in the U.S., and favor the plaintiff rather than the defendant.
TIME TO GO HOME, AGAIN: Since Time Inc. launched Real Simple two years ago, the shelter magazine category has become one of the most successful sectors in magazine publishing and RS has turned into the company’s biggest success story since the launch of In Style. Through October, Real Simple’s ad pages are up 57.84 percent from last year, while newsstand sales soared 42 percent in the first half.
Now, the company is said by sources to be working on a prototype for another shelter magazine, with speculation centering around Living Etc., the servicey home mag that’s published by its British subsidiary IPC. So far, there is no editor attached to the project, but sources say that prospective candidates have been contacted and that a consulting editor could emerge in the coming weeks. A Time Inc. spokesman would say only, “At any given time we have lots of different projects simmering in various stages of development. However, until we’re ready to take something out of the oven — assuming we’ve popped it in there in the first place — we’d prefer to toil away quietly.”
CLICK: Fall clothes may have just hit the stores, but the spring campaigns are already starting to be confirmed. After two seasons with Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Calvin Klein has gone back to Mario Sorrenti for his spring 2003 fashion campaign. The model being featured is DNA’s Natalia Voidianova, the 20-year-old Russian who appeared this month on the cover of W and in the Gucci campaign. Klein will also continue to work with Jessica Miller on a variety of projects, said Kim Vernon, senior vice president of global advertising and communications at Calvin Klein, Inc.
Meanwhile, Women’s Frankie Raydar has been tapped as the new face of Givenchy. The campaign is being shot by Mario Testino. And, of course, Juergen Teller will shoot Marc Jacobs’ next campaign, though models haven’t been chosen yet.
Elsewhere in modeling news, DNA has tapped veteran agent Didier Fernandez, who is bringing top models Amber Valletta, Linda Evangelista, and Nadja Auermann with him.
VISIONAIRE’S DECA DANCE: Given that a large part of Visionaire’s creative effort has gone into celebrating Visionaire, there’s an inevitability to the release of “Dreaming in Print: A Decade of Visionaire.” Though not available in stores until December, advance copies of the coffee-table tome have begun circulating. The book is a gorgeous, luxurious and fetishistic retrospective that’s bound to be on every fashionista’s Christmas list. Each of Visionaire’s 38 issues is revisited, with essays written by members of its club. Of particular note is long-term Visionaire collaborator Mario Testino’s foreword, in which the famed lensman defends his place in Visionaire’s inner circle. “I recently guest-edited a second issue called Man,” writes Testino. “Some might say that it’s unfair for Visionaire to give me the chance to do something twice when they have so many talented people to choose from. Of course it is! But Visionaire is not about fair — it’s about flair.” How true.
THE KORS STAYS IN THE PICTURE: Maybe it’s the Ali McGraw “Love Story” era look, or possibly the grumpy chic wardrobe of Gulf & Western honcho Charles Bludhorn, but the Graydon Carter-produced Bob Evans biopic seems to have stimulated the imagination of more than one designer. After Marc Jacobs admitted that the film had inspired him, Michael Kors went even further: he sent Graydon Carter a personal note stating that his recent women’s collection was his “first time ever basing a collection on a film.”
“Michael is frequently influenced by movies,” said a skeptical Kors spokeswoman, who was hazy about just what aspects of the film may have influenced the designer. “Maybe it was Ali, or Bob’s sunglasses or white turtleneck. The point is that Michael had already started work on the collection when “Kid” came out, and the film just put everything into perspective for him.”
INSIDE KLEIN: New York Post business reporter Lisa Marsh has inked a deal with Wiley & Sons to pen a business history of Calvin Klein entitled “The House of Klein.” Marsh received a five-figure advance in a deal brokered by agent Eric Simonoff of Janklow & Nesbit. The business biography will supposedly hit shelves in fall 2003. But Calvin’s not the only designer to be getting the bio treatment. A biography called “Ralph Lauren: The Man, the Vision, the Style,” by Colin McDowell is due in November. The book, published by Cassell, will coincide with the opening of Ralph Lauren’s 6,000-square-foot store on Fulham Road in the Brompton Cross section of London. In the U.S., McDowell’s book will be published by Rizzoli and is due for release in March, two months after Michael Gross’ book, “Genuine Authentic: The Real Ralph Lauren Story,” published by HarperCollins, hits book stores.