KISSING KATE: Calvin Klein wants the world to know that he’s still in love with Kate Moss and has signed her to a two-year contract. Reports that Klein has dropped the model are all over the European and American press, fueled by Klein’s decision to use Christy Turlington for his Collection ads.
“All this nonsense that we don’t like Kate Moss,” said Calvin Klein Inc. president Gabriella Forte. “Kate Moss was always contracted to be the CK girl. We just renewed her contract six months ago. It wasn’t just because we chose Christy Turlington instead of Kate; it’s that Kate is not usually our Collection model.”
NEW MOOD AT ELLEN TRACY: Someone else besides Mickey Rourke has a thing for Carré Otis. Otis will appear in Ellen Tracy’s Collection and Company by Ellen Tracy spring ad campaigns. Michael Jansen is currently shooting the print and outdoor ads in several locations, including New Orleans. Ziccardi & Partners is the ad agency.
THE HUNT: Word is out that Hearst is looking for a new publisher of Town & Country. Several candidates have apparently been interviewed, but a Hearst spokesman refused to confirm or deny the story.
COOKE OUT: Ronnie Cooke, vice president and creative director of advertising at Barneys New York, has resigned and will move to London. Glenn O’Brien will continue as creative director, said Simon Doonan, senior vice president of creative services.
As for replacing Cooke, Doonan said, “We’re looking for an art director with the breadth and experience that Ronnie had — with a broad understanding of fashion.”
CHANGING LENSES: Hot British photographer Craig McDean will photograph the spring/summer Jil Sander campaign. Sander’s ads were previously photographed by Peter Lindbergh. McDean will shoot both print ads and catalogs for the designer.
And speaking of ad campaigns, Patrick Demarchelier will shoot Krizia’s spring/ summer ad campaign, replacing Helmut Newton, who shot the fall campaign.
MILLIE FALLOUT: Madeline Weeks, the new fashion director of Mademoiselle, is making changes. Elyce Neuhauser, accessories editor, and Michelle Weston, senior market editor, are leaving the magazine.
MESSINGER JOINS US: Eric Messenger has been named senior editor of Us magazine, succeeding Peter McQuaid, who’s become the West Coast bureau chief for Us. Messenger will be involved in all areas of the magazine’s coverage of entertainment, music and film. Previously, he had been with The New York Times, where he was most recently an editor in the Styles section.
DEMICOLO TO WASHINGTON POST: David DeMicolo, senior editor at Allure, will join The Washington Post as general assignment editor in the style section. He had been with Allure since 1990. DeMicolo reports to Deborah Heard, lifestyles editor.