EYE TO EYE: The transformation is complete. Karl Lagerfeld, who famously shed more than 90 pounds largely, ahem, so he could wear the stick-to-the-ribs tailoring of Dior Homme’s Hedi Slimane, is now sporting Slimane’s new aluminum-framed sunglasses, too. “They go well with my white hair, non?” he asks. Slimane introduced his first and, so far, only eyewear design last month, but modestly did not want to assume Lagerfeld would adopt them over his signature, custom-made plastic sunglasses. Lagerfeld said he had special lenses inserted in the squarish, unapologetically modern Dior frames because he is slightly nearsighted, but otherwise the glasses suit his new slim-man image. Speaking of Lagerfeld’s image, photographer Helmut Newton has been documenting the designer’s ever-changing look for some 30 years. The images will be compiled in a book to be published next year.
CHECK MATE: Sure, Isabelle Adjani is the star of “Repentence,” the new Laeticia Masson movie that opens in theaters across France today. And sure, it’s her first big-screen appearance in five years. But the Louis Vuitton suitcase she trails behind her throughout much of the movie is already being described by some critics as her co-star. It has had a week’s exposure in Paris, which is plastered with posters depicting Adjani walking barefoot down a pebble beach towing the case in Vuitton’s unmistakable Damier check. In the film, Adjani plays a woman who comes out of prison, takes a train to Nice and repents for her troubled past. She certainly does it in style. Besides the Vuitton case, Adjani is dressed exclusively by Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford. A well-disguised Adjani attended the YSL show last March and fell in love with the fall collection, according to a YSL spokeswoman. But some of the outfits were custom-made for her, including a red gown.
GRAYDON’S ‘TOBY’ TALE: The U.S. version of Toby Young’s “How To Lose Friends and Alienate People,” a memoir chronicling Young’s disastrous stint as Vanity Fair editor, will appear this summer, and word has leaked out that a film version of the book about Young’s experiences in downward mobility is also in development. But the man who figures most prominently in Young’s memoirs, Graydon Carter, editor in chief of Vanity Fair, has been loath to comment on Young’s book and ‘loser’ rebranding campaign — until now. “Toby’s a piece of gum that stuck to my shoe five years ago and that I still can’t get off,” Carter told WWD. “He had a worm’s-eye-view, as it were, of what goes on at Vanity Fair — which explains the book, which has a little fact and a lot of fiction. He was on chemical substances most of the time, and no one ever let him near anything.”
Carter attributed Young’s longevity at Vanity Fair to casual bureaucratic oversight on his own part. “Every day I make a list, and the last two years Toby was here there’d be an item on the list that read ‘Fire Toby’. I guess I never got far enough down the list to do it, and I did have a soft spot for the guy. I basically forgot to fire Toby Young every day for two years.”
MARTHA STEWART RAVING: The war of accusations and denials swirling around the publication of Christopher Byron’s “Martha Inc.” continues. “I haven’t read Chris Byron’s book, and I’m writing my own book now, which will be much more interesting,” Martha Stewart told WWD. Byron, however, has not only alleged that Stewart sent him an e-mail chiding him for doing a poor job on the book; the author also confided to WWD his suspicions that Stewart somehow managed to sneak a peek at it before publication. “About a month ago, when I contacted her and asked her to meet me for lunch at Paci, she replied that that she had already read the second half of the book and that I didn’t try hard enough,” said Byron. “I responded that she should have read the first half instead, because it’s more interesting. Then it occurred to me that she must have gotten her hands on a manuscript or copyedited manuscript before the book came out, because there were no galleys or unbound versions. It went directly from manuscript to bound edition. I don’t know how she did it, but that’s the only explanation.” Pamela Van Giessen, executive editor at “Martha Inc.” publisher John Wiley & Sons, elaborated on Byron’s assertions. “There were no galleys for the book, and only a small number of unbound manuscripts — like, a dozen — were submitted in advance to select people under confidentiality agreements. If Martha saw a copy of the book prepublication, that means that someone violated the confidentiality agreement,” said Van Giessen, adding facetiously, “or that someone went through my garbage about eight weeks ago.”
SIMPLIFYING THE MASTHEAD: Three editors were cut at Real Simple last week: Anthea Lionos, fashion and beauty editor; Barbara Jones, features editor, and Kelly Tagore, home editor. A Real Simple spokeswoman declined comment on the circumstances surrounding their departures, although she said Lionos and Jones won’t be replaced. The magazine plans to name a successor to Tagore. “We’re really confident with the team in place,” said the spokeswoman. Carrie Tuhy, editor in chief, was unavailable for comment at press time.
HOT SHOPS: The suddenly steamy temperatures are making for hot retail sales. At Henri Bendel, Diane Von Furstenberg dresses and “anything sleeveless throughout all of the ready-to-wear collections” are top sellers, according to vice president and general manager Ed Burstell. “T-shirts have started to just blow on out of here. Things that traditionally wouldn’t have started to move until mid-May.”
Downtown at Kirna Zabete, co-owner Beth Buccini said her sellouts have been “Chloe, Chloe and more Chloe. I mean, it’s unbelievable. Also, every wedge shoe. I think the girls can’t wait to show their toes off.” While Jeffrey owner Jeffrey Kalinsky said he’s had one of the best weekends of the year. Plus, what greater relief from the heat but the blasting AC of a retail store?
COVER CAPERS: Bonnie Fuller is obviously putting her monthly fashion magazine experience to use. The editor in chief of US Weekly launched a new column today called Cover Stars. Once a month, the top fashion magazines will be highlighted, along with information on the cover celebrities or models, their age, and where they’re from. Then US will describe a behind-the-scene moment from the shoot and show an inexpensive knockoff from the cover look.
VOGUE TAKES RODEO: First Vanity Fair and now Vogue wants its own piece of Hollywood. When “Vogue Takes Beverly Hills” this week, guests staying at the Regent Beverly Wilshire are in for a surprise. Everyone staying at the hotel will receive gift bags — with goodies from Chanel, Bain de Soleil, Chrysler (no car, but a custom picture frame), Gallo wine charms, Jil Sander, Lolita Lempicka, Helena Rubenstein, KMS, Nars, Piaget, Shiseido, and Pria Power Bar.
The festivities kick off tonight when Meralee Goldman, the mayor of Beverly Hills, proclaims it “Vogue Takes Beverly Hills” week during the first event, which is a cocktail party at the Chanel boutique on North Rodeo. The festivities wrap up Sunday, when Vogue takes over a block of Rodeo. In between, there will be 13 other events.