IMAGE MAKERS: Do fashion photographers lead, or do they follow?That’s the essence of a panel discussion that will be held at the International Center of Photography on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. Panelists will confront such topics as: “Have fashion photographs signaled new roles for women (and men) or are they merely echoing the sentiments that already pervade society?” Included in the discussion will be Sam Shahid, creative director of the design company Shahid & Co. and artistic director of Mirabella; Oliviero Toscani, creative director for Benetton, and Richard Martin, curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.
MORE ON MODELGATE: The Federal Trade Commission investigation into model price-fixing continues. Bud Konheim, president of Nicole Miller, received a letter last week from Karen A. Mills of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition asking for his “continued cooperation with our non-public investigation.” The letter requested an interview with Konheim regarding 7th on Sixth and modeling fees. For a year, the FTC has been investigating the 7th on Sixth organization’s attempt to knock the $10,000 a day models off their pedestals by dramatically reducing day rates during the New York fashion shows. Konheim said he set up an appointment with the FTC at his offices for Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 9 a.m. and was told the meeting will take three hours. “This is insane and a total waste of taxpayer’s money,” said Konheim. He figures the FTC is after his cooperation because he was quoted a year ago in the New York Times saying he didn’t believe in salary caps and believes in free trade. But he also said his company wouldn’t pay sky-high model fees since it couldn’t afford to. Meanwhile, Konheim said he wonders who else got letters. “I’d like to know who my cellmates are.”
THE PRESENTER: Roseanne will present Kevyn Aucoin with his CFDA award for “Excellence in Makeup Artistry” at the industry gala on Jan. 30. In fact, Aucoin is expected to give Roseanne “a whole new look” for the evening.
In other Roseanne news, the plus-sized celeb is entangled in her own messy lawsuit. She sued Celebsales, a company that was planning to launch a large-sized sportswear collection under the Roseanne name last year, for money she says she’s owed. Celebsales countersued for breach of contract and nonparticipation. “We were supposed to fly to California to take their depositions last week,” said Stanley Warner, president and ceo of Celebsales. “But they called Wednesday and said Roseanne would have morning sickness on Friday and couldn’t meet. I think she’s hatching a dozen eggs.”