Byline: Lisa Lockwood / With contributions from Jacob Bernstein / Peter Braunstein / Robert Haskell / Eric Wilson, New York / Sarah Harris, London / Miles Socha, Paris
LINDEMANN FAUX PAS: Will the real Sloan Lindemann please stand up? Lindemann, the New York social fixture, was celebrated in a pair of photographs in Vogue’s April issue for her “lean physique in revealing cuts and strapless gowns.” But the Voguette responsible for this spread would do well to put her dowdy spectacles back on, because neither picture in question is of Sloan Lindemann: One portrays her sister-in-law, the over-Pilates-ed Elizabeth Lindemann, at last year’s benefit for the Henry Street Settlement, and the other is of Sloan’s sinewy friend Lisa Heiden, taken at the New York Botanical Garden’s spring gala last May.
MATCH GAME: Princess Caroline of Hanover, who sues French celebrity magazines for invasion of privacy on practically a weekly basis, just won a big case in French court against Paris Match. The magazine was ordered to pay her $15,000 in damages, cover her legal fees and publish a full-page notice of the ruling. The suit stems from the Jan. 11, 2001 issue of Paris Match, which ran on its cover and eight inside pages candid photos of Caroline frolicking with her infant daughter Alexandra on the beach in Kenya. France has extremely strict privacy laws and celebrity magazines are routinely sued for photos they publish. Princess Caroline had demanded damages in excess of $45,000 for the Africa pictures.
DESIGNER SAFETY: First there were Prada backgammon cases and CD holders, then the $300 Gucci dog bowl and Hedi Slimane’s $250 iPod case for Dior Homme. Now, Seventeen Magazine has enlisted such designers as Michael Kors, Stephen Sprouse and Patricia Field to add designer bike helmets to the list of things you absolutely need to spend buckets of money on during the recession. But seriously, the helmets — Kors’ is black with the MK logo done in a gold spray-paint style and Tommy Hilfiger’s is red, white, and blue (because what better way to show your patriotism than with a motorcycle helmet, that iconic symbol of the American spirit?) — are helping to raise funds for The Cosmetic Executive Women Foundation via an auction on the Seventeen Web site.
BLACK TO CELINE: Tenley Zinke Black has been named director of communications for Celine in the U.S., filling a position that has been vacant since Lisa Pomerantz joined Bottega Veneta in September. Black was previously director of public relations for Christian Lacroix, Kenzo and Loewe under the LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton umbrella, but left in September. At Celine, she reports to Fred Wilson, chief executive officer of LVMH Fashion Group Americas.
WESTWOOD MAKES THE CUT: Bravely entering the fray of oversized indie fashion titles is Cut magazine, whose mission is “to strip fashion editorial and photography of any superfluous elements or egos” — in favor of one giant ego. In this case, that of designer Vivienne Westwood, whose work over the past 30 years forms the subject of Cut’s debut issue. “For our launch issue we wanted to choose a designer who stayed true to their vision over the course of time, and we narrowed it down to Vivienne and Jean Paul Gaultier,” explained Cut publisher Molly Logan. Westwood opened her archives to Cut, and the designer’s retrospective remarks about past inspirations — and highly dubious theories of history — are scribbled throughout the voluminous oversized tome. “The Punk Slogan was ‘Destroy,”‘ Westwood writes. “But you need ideas in order to know what to throw out and what to keep. The 20th [century] tried to throw out everything, hence their [sic] were no ideas & the whole century was a mistake.” Sure, whatever you say, Viv. Cut tried unsuccessfully to get out its 5,000-print run launch issue in time for Westwood’s fall 2002 show; now it’s set to hit stands next week in New York, Paris, and London.
TATE MAGAZINE STAFFS UP: Conde Nast Publications has appointed Robert Violette as editor of Tate magazine, the new title expected to launch in August of this year targeted to the six million people who visited Britain’s four Tate galleries — Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate St. Ives, and Tate Liverpool — last year. Liz Jobey has also been tapped as associate editor. Violette previously worked as editor on Damien Hirst’s first book, and published books by Louise Bourgeois and Sophie Calle under his own Violette Editions imprint. Tate magazine will be available on newstands in the U.K. and internationally, and will be distributed to the museum’s 40,000 members.