CASE CLOSED: A Paris court on Monday dismissed a claim filed by Karl Lagerfeld against journalist Alicia Drake. Lagerfeld had charged Drake with invasion of privacy, thanks to her book “The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris,” which focuses on the rivalry between Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent and their intertwined loves and muses over the decade. The court found that there had only been temporary and limited sales of the book — less than 50 copies — in France and that Drake was not responsible for the sales and had not authorized them. The court ordered Lagerfeld to pay Drake 6,000 euros (approximately $7,800) for her legal fees.
“The Beautiful Fall is not and was never intended to be a scandal-mongering book about the private life of Karl Lagerfeld and today’s judgment from the French court proves that,” Drake said in a statement. “I believe (the book) presents a fair and objective account of the early career of Karl Lagerfeld, his genius and his extraordinary influence as a designer.” Céline Degoulet, counsel for Lagerfeld, said the designer was satisfied with the decision, as long the book is never to be distributed in France.— Emilie Marsh
SEEKING ADVICE: Time Inc. and Condé Nast aren’t the only media companies hiring high-priced consultants to evaluate their business practices. Sources say The Wall Street Journal is also looking for a consultant — McKinsey & Co. or another firm — to examine its editorial processes.
The move to seek outside guidance comes just weeks after the Journal unveiled a splashy redesign that included shrinking the paper by 3 inches, a move parent Dow Jones & Co. said would save $18 million annually. Now the Journal appears to be looking for consultants to find other areas to trim costs. The search for a firm comes as the Journal is in contract negotiations with a union representing editors and reporters, the Independent Association of Publishers’ Employees.
A spokeswoman for Dow Jones said, “We have consultants coming in here all the time and we don’t comment about what they’re doing.” — Stephanie D. Smith
IT’S ONLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: After the much-touted return of Kate Moss for fall, Calvin Klein Jeans is going back to house face Natalia Vodianova for spring. For her male counterpart, the company is teaming the model up with English musician Jamie Burke in steamy black-and-white images shot by David Sims. But there’s a twist: Avid followers of weekly tabloids may remember that Burke, who is the lead singer for Bloody Social, was romantically linked to Moss for a blip second early last year, though that’s not the reason he is in the campaign. “This season’s clothes are edgy and a bit more raw, and it wasn’t so much about needing to create a character as it was about finding a personality that exuded those qualities,” said Fabien Baron, who created the ads with Calvin Klein’s in-house agency CRK Advertising. The ads will break in March issues, and run in magazines such as Glamour, Lucky, Allure, Jane and In Style. For spring, Vodianova also stars in the Calvin Klein Collection campaign, which for the first time was photographed by Craig McDean and also features male model Bev Moore. The architectural ads feature the two posing graphically against a crisp white background — as if shot against a white light box. The mood is reminiscent of women’s creative director Francisco Costa‘s spring runway presentation. The house’s white label ads, meanwhile, were taken by Mikael Jansson and offer a continuation of the label’s recent television ads. The campaign features models Doutzen and Gabriel Aubry on location in Los Angeles. — Marc Karimzadeh
FOXY LADY: Move over, Kate Winslet — the “silver foxes” are taking over Entertainment Weekly’s Jan. 19 issue. In an industry that embraces 18-year-old “It” girls, the magazine has Golden Globe nominees Helen Mirren, Judi Dench and Meryl Streep on its cover. Will EW’s median reader, at 35 years old, feel turned off by the 60-plus trio? Mirren, Dench and Streep participated in a roundtable inside that tackles women-in-Hollywood issues, including aging. “I think there is a growing acceptance of the fact that women actually make up 50 percent of the population,” Mirren told EW. “And that women of our generation are an economic force.” Dench had a different point of view. “…I do think it’s a fluke when you get a year with a lot of very good parts written for women. It’s whatever is in fashion.” An EW spokesperson said, “The three ladies on our cover represent the A list of actresses and all are front-runners for an Oscar.” — Amy Wicks
TV MOVES: Kate White‘s dishy mystery novels set in the magazine industry are being adapted for the small screen. The Cosmopolitan editor in chief’s books featuring crime-fighting magazine writer Bailey Weggins have been optioned by Lifetime to become a possible television series. Lifetime has hired a writer to create a script for a pilot, though a date when a pilot would be filmed has not been determined. White’s fifth book in the series, “Lethally Blond,” will be in bookstores in May, and she’s already at work on her sixth in the series, which is still untitled. — S.D.S.
GLAMOROUS FLICKS: Glamour’s Reel Moments has gone mobile: The second round of Reel Moments films is now available on samsung.com, which visitors can download for free to their cell phones, or watch the shorts on the Web site. One of each of the three films will be shown per month beginning February through April at samsungmobileusa.com/reelmoments.
In addition to their Web debut, all three films were recently accepted to the Santa Barbara Film Festival (not the Sundance Film Festival, as Memo Pad incorrectly reported Wednesday). The festival is an Oscar-qualifier, meaning the films could be nominated for an Academy Award in 2008 (a film in the 2005 series, “Dealbreaker,” was accepted into Sundance). — S.D.S.