BUND VELVET: Christian Dior is said to have tapped filmmaker David Lynch to direct the next installment of its Lady Dior saga. According to sources, Marion Cotillard and John Galliano are in Shanghai this week to film the minimovie, which will advance a story line that began earlier this year, when Cotillard featured in the short online thriller “The Lady Noire Affair,” directed by Oliver Dahan and with the spotlight on the French firm’s iconic handbag. — Miles Socha
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ADVENTURE ENDS: National Geographic Adventure will suspend its print edition, and move to a primarily online model with a Web site, several newsstand specials, books and mobile applications. The magazine’s December/January issue will be its last, and 17 employees will be displaced as a result. NG Adventure was launched 10 years ago by editor in chief John Rasmus, who at this point has not been given another permanent position at the company. Earlier this year, the title moved to an eight-times-a-year publication schedule from 10 times annually. While magazines overall lost upward of 20 percent of their advertising this year, according to figures from Media Industry Newsletter, NG Adventure’s ad pages fell 35 percent, to 346. National Geographic still publishes its flagship title, as well as National Geographic Kids, and National Geographic Traveler, which is also an eight-times-annual title. Pages for Traveler and Kids also have shrunk by a third, to 365 and 73 pages, respectively. — Stephanie D. Smith
P.R. SHUFFLES: It’s been a time of change in public relations and marketing departments of several New York fashion houses. Scott Currie is leaving Kenneth Cole, where he is vice president of global communications, to return to Elie Tahari as vice president of global communications, effective Jan. 4. Currie had held the post at Elie Tahari from Feb. 2008 to last July, when he left for Kenneth Cole. He will report to Elie Tahari, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer.
At Burberry, meanwhile, George Kolasa has been named vice president of marketing and communications, reporting to Sarah Manley, Burberry’s senior vice president of marketing and communications, and Eugenia Ulasewicz, Burberry’s president, Americas. Kolasa was previously Giorgio Armani’s senior vice president of communications.
And at Michael Kors, Kristen Campbell was named senior director of global marketing. Campbell was most recently at Calvin Klein Inc., where she was media director for the Americas. Before that, she was media planner at Kenneth Cole Productions Inc. She reports to Billy Daley, the company’s vice president of global communications. — Marc Karimzadeh
REDESIGN: T Magazine launches a newly redesigned Web site today, with more sections and an updated layout that is more accessible for advertisers. Editors want the new site to look more like a daily magazine, with news from contributors as well as updates from The Moment blog and Twitter feed. Each area of coverage — women’s fashion, men’s fashion, travel, design and holiday issues — will have its own subsection on the site, and a new culture section will be introduced with online-only content. The updated site was designed by The New York Times, in part, to make it more friendly to search engines. Launch sponsors include Bloomingdale’s, American Express, Bulgari, Louis Vuitton, Westin Hotels & Resorts and Issey Miyake Parfums. Seth Rogin, vice president of advertising, said the new layout will allow advertisers to run large, half-page vertical ads that typically only have been possible on nytimes.com. In a few weeks, advertisers also will be able to customize their ad units to certain sections, such as food or culture. — Amy Wicks
NEW FACE: BlackBook magazine has tapped Christopher Campbell as its new fashion editor. Prior to BlackBook, Campbell was working as a freelance stylist and, before that, as senior editor of fashion at Departures. — A.W.
UNVEILED: Bloomberg today will take up real estate on BusinessWeek’s new logo for the first time, days after the media company closed its deal to buy the magazine from McGraw-Hill. The weekly magazine now will be branded Bloomberg BusinessWeek, with a cover story on the Dubai financial market. Though new editor in chief Josh Tyrangiel began at the magazine on Thursday, he won’t have an editor’s letter in the issue, nor will there be a masthead. — S.D.S.
LESS SWEET: DailyCandy on Thursday revealed major changes to its business, the same day majority owner Comcast completed the deal to buy the majority of NBC Universal for $13.75 billion. DailyCandy said it would eliminate seven of its local daily newsletters — Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Miami, Dallas and Seattle. Subscribers to these local guides instead will receive DailyCandy’s Everywhere edition, also a daily newsletter, which includes national recommendations. Editors of each discontinued edition will be let go. However, DailyCandy will introduce a new Sunday weekly guide for all of its U.S. markets that will provide recommendations for the week ahead. DailyCandy will still publish daily local editions for New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and London. Comcast bought a majority stake in DailyCandy for $125 million in 2008. — S.D.S.