A FIRST FOR TV: Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, John Galliano for Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen for Givenchy, Christian Lacroix, Versace and Valentino are among those who will hit prime time with their autumn/winter haute couture collections, in a TV special produced by Event Television International for ABC.
Anne Archer and Isabella Rossellini will host “The World Fashion Premiere from Paris,” from the Palais du Louvre’s Museum for Fashion and Textiles. The show will be recorded and edited the week of July 18 and air Thursday, July 23, from 9 to 11 p.m. at the end of the couture collections.
FORTUNE COOKIE?: Will Conde Nast honchos get any sleep this weekend? Fortune Magazine assigned GQ alumnus Joe Nocera and Peter Elkind to write a profile on Conde Nast that will be mailed to subscribers Monday. It hits airport newsstands Monday, but other newsstands July 6.
Sources say it’s expected to be a scathing profile that questions the leadership and profitability of the company. S.I. Newhouse Jr., chairman of Conde Nast, and Steven T. Florio, president and chief executive officer, declined to be interviewed. But it looks like Conde Nast is trying to discredit numbers that were apparently leaked to Fortune, as well as the objectivity of Nocera, given he’s a Conde Nast alum.
Bad blood doesn’t seem to be a motive, however. Nocera had been a contributing writer at GQ for about six years and left in good standing. “He was a terrific writer and left under the best of circumstances,” said Art Cooper, editor in chief of GQ, adding that he doesn’t know if they’ll still be friends after this story.
“We don’t comment on stories we’re working on,” Nocera told WWD.
Some Conde Nasters are also questioning whether Fortune, published by Time Inc., is gunning for Conde Nast, which is gaining on Time — the industry leader — in ad pages. In fact, with Wired and The New Yorker in their numbers, Conde Nast has a good chance of toppling Time Inc. from its perch this year.
So if you’re looking for Florio Monday morning, try Kennedy Airport.
GABBY’S GIG: Gabby Karan, the fashion industry’s First Daughter, has a new job. She’ll by styling interiors for Marie Claire on a freelance basis.
“I met Glenda [Bailey, editor in chief of Marie Claire] in Paris at the flea markets, and we were antiquing and we started talking about home furnishings,” said Karan, whose stories will offer decorating ideas and show stylish interiors, furniture and fabrics. Karan’s first pieces for Marie Claire will be published in the fall.
BILL’S WORLD: Capital Publishing has snagged Bill Blass as guest editor of the August/September issue of Civilization. He’s enlisted Brooke Astor to write about style and philanthropy, among other guest writers. Blass also plans to assemble a short list of the most stylish people in history and share some of the highlights of his private collection of fashion illustrations.
Since its relaunch with the guest-editorship concept earlier this year, Civilization has been edited by filmmaker Martin Scorsese and Czech Republic leader Vaclav Havel. Giorgio Armani has agreed to work on an issue later next year.
GOODBYE GIRLISH: Jill Stuart hopes to take its image up a notch in sophistication with a moody fall campaign shot by Satoshi Saikusa. The color and sepia-toned images of model Trish Goff break in the September issues of Vogue, W, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle, as well as some regional titles. Ron Curtis, president and chief operating officer of Jill Stuart, said he’s spending close to $1 million on the campaign.