MOVE OVER: There is change afoot in Giorgio Armani’s communications department. As part of a larger restructuring plan, it looks like Rod Manly, director of public relations and media planning, will move to New York to succeed George Kolosa, who left in December to join Burberry, while Yannick Angelloz-Nicoud, head of communications at Miu Miu, will likely take his place at Armani. Earlier this year, Bojan Kostic, formerly at Roberto Cavalli, also defected camp to join Armani’s international press office.
— Alessandra Ilari
IT’S ALL HERS: Michelle Lee, who has been holding down the fort over at In Touch Weekly since editor in chief Richard Spencer abruptly departed in January, has been rewarded with the top job. Lee has served as executive editor of the magazine for the last six years. The weekly, owned by Bauer Publishing, is also up nearly 30 percent in ad pages in its March and April issues, according to a company statement.
— Amy Wicks
NATURAL BEAUTY: Peter Lindbergh is continuing his campaign against the practice in fashion magazines. Having shot actresses including Sophie Marceau and Charlotte Rampling au naturel for French Elle last year, the German photographer has trained his lens on top models in a similar spread this week. Claudia Schiffer appears on the cover of the French weekly, while an eight-page black-and-white spread features Nineties models Cindy Crawford, Nadja Auermann and Helena Christensen with no artificial tricks. The model portraits had already been published in U.S. Harper’s Bazaar in September 2009, but a growing number of French magazines are adopting the natural look. French Marie Claire’s April issue contained a large number of images with the mention “Photos not retouched.”
— Chantal Goupil
DIESEL GETS COMPETITIVE: No, it isn’t “Jackass,” but Diesel is launching its own version this spring with a “Faces of Stupid” contest, playing off its Be Stupid ad campaign. For four weeks beginning next week, contestants can come to one of Diesel’s 31 stores across the country to share their memories of the stupidest thing they’ve ever done. The contestants will affix a Be Stupid sticker on their foreheads and take a picture of themselves to e-mail to Diesel. The pictures and stories will appear on the brand’s Web site, where users can vote on their favorite stories.
Perhaps a stupid thing is admitting to stupidity — but there are prizes: Each week someone will win an Apple iPad, Polaroid Pogo and a Flip video camera. The four weekly winners will then face off for their choice of a trip to swim with sharks off South Africa (stupid, or not?), a motorcycle trek across Europe, a zero-gravity flight in Las Vegas, a train ride through Asia or recording their own record in Jamaica.
The 55DSL brand has opted for a more sports-themed test of mettle. Foosball fanatics will converge on the 55DSL store in New York from May 11 to 15 for a tournament featuring 128 teams — the winner of which will travel to Bassano del Grappa, Italy, for a June 12 global showdown. The champions of that tournament will win a trip to South Africa during the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament with 55DSL creative director Andrea Rosso, son of Diesel founder Renzo Rosso. Potential teams of two players each can register for the U.S. competition at the 55DSL store on Lafayette Street in Manhattan from this Monday through May 7.
— Ross Tucker and David Lipke