EVEN STEVEN: John Galliano might be most closely associated with photographer Nick Knight, who has been behind the punchy, energetic ready-to-wear ads for Christian Dior for several years. But the designer has teamed up with Steven Meisel on an upcoming campaign for a new Dior perfume. The two are shooting this week in New York. The French house is mum on details for the fragrance, due out this fall, but word has it that Dior is mulling a launch event during the winter couture shows in Paris, July 8-11.
CAT ART: Rumors hit London this week when Tracy Emin’s series of ‘lost cat’ posters were thought to be her next masterpiece. The artist put up the posters when her beloved cat, Docket, went missing from her East End home, but were ripped down shortly after by fans believing them to be worth a fortune. “It’s utter madness,” said a spokeswoman at the White Cube gallery, “The posters had nothing to do with art, they were merely notices asking neighbors for help.” However, it was an easy mistake to make as Docket has already been a muse for Emin. Last year, the artist donated several Polaroid photographs of herself holding the black-and-white cat to a charity raffle at the opening of the exhibition, Ant Noises 2, held at the Saatchi gallery. Still, all’s well that ends well — Emin has been reunited with Docket and those quick enough off the mark have been quoted $700 per poster.
AU REVOIR: Denise Dubois, longtime director of external relations at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture and a fixture on the Paris fashion scene for some three decades, is leaving her post as of today. Her exit follows an internal “battle royale” at the Chambre between her and Chambre president Didier Grumbach. Dubois had been asked to retire. As reported, American editors staged a letter-writing campaign to the Chambre on her behalf, but to no avail.