CHANGING FACES?: Is Emmanuelle Beart out at Christian Dior? The French actress has been the face and spokeswoman for Dior makeup and couture since 1995, and rumor has it that she’s been shown the door, in part because of her controversial support for illegal immigrants.
Dior is now said to be courting actress Isabelle Adjani, a sort of Dior ambassador, who has made appearances wearing Dior at the house’s special events.
While Dior insiders claimed that Beart’s contract is up, Dior Couture president Francois Baufume denied in a statement that her tenure is over and asserted that since 1995, she has “perfectly represented the image of Dior Couture and perfumes, and we are entirely satisfied.” Beart, through her agent, declined to comment.
MAY MAKES A MOVE: David M. May, former associate publisher of Town & Country, has been named vice president and managing director of The New Yorker. He succeeds Diane Silberstein, who, as reported last month, took an early and extended maternity leave. According to The New Yorker, however, she has left the company.
May’s responsibilities will include sales, marketing and promotion in the fashion, retail, cosmetics and other luxury products categories.
Prior to joining T&C in 1995, May was senior vice president/fragrances worldwide at the Lancaster Group.
LIKE OLD TIMES: Caricatures of Carrie Donovan by Al Hirschfeld can be seen on New York taxi tops, bus shelters, phone kiosks and urban shelters, promoting her new favorite store, Old Navy.
As reported, Donovan, the former style editor of the New York Times Magazine, was named an advertising consultant to Old Navy earlier this year. Images of Donovan, with the message, “Check page A4 of the New York Times,” refers to a campaign that will break in the national edition of the Times next Friday — and will run every Friday throughout the year. It will carry Donovan’s newsletter about the fashions at Old Navy. Who said you can’t go home again?
HACHETTE SHIFTS: The parent company of Elle magazine and Paris Match is being reorganized and listed on the Paris Bourse. At a press conference on Wednesday, the French Lagardere Group said it was consolidating its joint publishing activities with Daniel Filipacchi and Frank Tenot into a new company that will be known as Hachette Filipacchi Medias.
The new company, with annual revenues of $1.96 billion (11 billion francs), claims it’s the world’s largest magazine publisher. In addition to Paris Match and 29 editions worldwide of Elle, titles include Photo, Top Model, the French TV listings guide and an array of sports and children’s magazines. The restructuring was designed to speed Hachette’s international development. Executives said there would be no management changes.
Lagardere, a diversified technology, defense and media group, will hold 66 percent of Hachette Filipacchi Medias after a complex series of stock swaps and cash payouts. Filipacchi and Tenot will have 13 percent, and the rest will be publicly held. The deal is expected to be completed by June.
AD CHANGE: Jennifer Gallo has been promoted to associate publisher/advertising at Cosmopolitan. She had been ad director of Cosmo since 1995.