M.I.A. IN THE USSR: Where in the world is Glenda Bailey? That’s what people asked last week after the Harper’s Bazaar editor in chief failed to turn up at the Chanel and Dior shows, or any other fashion-circuit events, for that matter. The answer: She’s been in Moscow, where the Museum of Contemporary Art is exhibiting works of her longtime boyfriend, Stephen Sumner. The Russian edition of Bazaar threw a party in the couple’s honor last Thursday, according to a Hearst spokeswoman. That’s as good an excuse as any for skipping the resort collections, no?
— Jeff Bercovici
BID BUSINESS: If you think a single edition of Visionaire is expensive, just try buying a complete set. In an auction held by Sotheby’s London on May 16, a private collector paid $32,000 for issues 1 through 48 of the high-concept art and fashion publication. Sotheby’s had estimated the set (which comprised 56 items in total, including alternative versions of issues 30, 44 and 45) would sell for between $21,000 and $31,400. A spokesman for Visionaire, which was founded 15 years ago by Stephen Gan, Cecelia Dean and James Kaliardos, said the identity of the buyer was not disclosed. It’s probably safe to say it wasn’t the same person who just spent $95 million on Picasso’s “Dora Maar Au Chat.”
SHOW AND SELL: Scotsman Albert Watson has been taking pictures for 35 years — of subjects ranging from Mick Jagger to Andy Warhol, Alfred Hitchcock to Kate Moss — but, oddly, he’s only just now getting his first solo New York show. Fellow photographer Mark Seliger is displaying a selection of Watson’s large-scale prints and Polaroids in his new space, 401 Projects, a noncommercial gallery in the West Village that Seliger created to showcase the work of emerging and established photographers. Corporate clients underwrite overhead costs, so all proceeds from sales go back to the photographers or to a charity of their choosing. (DKNY is sponsoring the Watson installation, which opens on Wednesday.) Watson, who began his career as a fashion photographer in the Seventies, has shot for Vogue, Rolling Stone, Interview, Vibe, Time, Newsweek, Life and … Quentin Tarantino. He took the photo of Uma Thurman wielding a sword for the “Kill Bill” movie posters.
— Sara James
ABOUT FACE: The latest celebrity to get into the children’s book business: Julianne Moore. Moore just sold “Freckle Face Strawberry” to Bloomsbury for the tentative publication date of fall 2007 in the U.S. and the U.K. Her longtime friend, agent and packager David Kuhn of Kuhn Projects, brokered the deal. Award-winning illustrator LeUyen Pham is to provide the sketches.
While Moore’s career has undoubtedly been helped by her alabaster/auburn look, the title of the book is based on a cruel nickname she was taunted with as a child. Presumably, those seven-figure payouts have helped her get over the teasing since then.