TALLEY’S TRAILS: All is forgiven. He may have quit in a huff in 1995, but Andre Leon Talley has rejoined Vogue as a contributing editor. Talley will write a regular monthly column for Vogue, while retaining his duties as European editor of Vanity Fair. Talley previously was the Paris-based creative director of Vogue.
ON THE MOVE: Issac Mizrahi gets around. He’s featured on the cover of Travel & Leisure’s October issue, with the cover line, “Doing London With Isaac Mizrahi.” The inside story is Mizrahi’s “could-do, should-do, must-do, from A to Tea.” The cover was photographed by Stewart Shining.
HAMNETT’S FLICK: Bored with the catwalk, British designer Katharine Hamnett plans to screen an eight-minute fashion film in lieu of a runway show Sept. 26 during London Fashion Week. Shot in the California desert last month, the film is “sort of a road movie with a twist,” the designer said.
SPORTS TRIVIA: Sports Illustrated for Women, which is testing its second issue, hasn’t decided yet whether to go on with the magazine.
“We said we would do two test issues, and we’ve completed the second test issue and we’ll be making a decision for 1998 and beyond,” said an SI spokeswoman. At this point, there’s no date for a third issue and nobody is working on one.
The second issue, which hit newsstands Sept. 2, was sent to 450,000 SI subscribers, and about 200,000 to 300,000 were put on newsstands.
“We’re right on track; we’re not delayed or postponed. We’ll evaluate it,” she said.
The decision to go forward won’t be easy. The unproven women’s sports field has quickly become high-stakes, especially with the $40 million launch this month of Conde Nast Sports for Women — SI’s would-be rival.
NOT IN THE BAG: Judith Leiber has put its $2 million handbag account into review. The ads have been handled by Savara, Skahan, Raffle, a New York ad agency, where Peter Rogers is a consultant. Rogers has been doing the Leiber creative for 20 years. That agency is competing for the account, as are Arnell Group and Balet & Albert.
“The campaigns have been very whimsical, and you have to know what [Judith Leiber] is to understand it,” said Victor Lipko, chief executive officer of Leiber. Ads have shown the crystal bags shaped as animals, or two frogs on a lily pad.
“We want to take the brand internationally, so we need a campaign that will be able to let the uninitiated be aware that Leiber is at the high end of the world in terms of evening bags. If you have arrived, you have a Rolex watch, a Chanel suit and a Leiber bag,” said Lipko.
AUGUST NUMBERS: Apparel, footwear and accessories ad revenues dipped 1.3 percent in August to $67.8 million, according to the latest figures provided by Publishers Information Bureau. From January through August, the category’s ad revenues were up 14.1 percent to $421.4 million.
Toiletries and cosmetics ad revenues jumped 13.9 percent in August to $74.1 million. From January through August, ad revenues were up 18.5 percent to $696.9 million, according to PIB.
A VISION: Mario Testino was the guest editor of the new fall Visionaire, devoted entirely to the subject of “chic.” This 22nd edition marks the first time Visionaire is hard-covered and bound; it’s usually loose in a box, said Stephen Gans, editor in chief.
The book features the work of such photographers as Helmut Newton, Peter Lindbergh, Richard Avedon and Nan Goldin, and fabric pages featuring actual Pucci silk, Missoni knits, Christian Lacroix lace, Paloma Picasso’s lipstick kiss on a napkin and a handwritten thank you note from Catherine Deneuve to Yves Saint Laurent.
Each issue also contains an authentic scrap of the green sequin Versace dress that Madonna wore to the “Evita” premiere in London last December.
Visionaire, which is published every three months with a different theme and format, will be sold at Rizzoli and better book stores next week for $95. Five thousand copies have been published.
“That’s all Madonna’s dress would allow us to make,” said Gans.