PANEL PEOPLE: Months before Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney completed their respective deals with Gucci, the two designers had signed up to appear together in a discussion group that is part of this year’s New Yorker festival. Titled “The Genesis of Fashion,” the May 20 panel is being moderated by writer Judith Thurman; other guests include design expert Andree Putman and writer Anne Hollander.
OLDHAM’S VIEW: Todd Oldham has been doing a fair amount of fashion photography lately, but for the May issue of Paper, he went to a new level, shooting his celebrity and artist friends for a mock “awards” spread. “Todd came to us six months ago and said, ‘I’m obsessed with people who win prizes at country fairs,”‘ said Paper editor Kim Hastreiter. “He had all these vignettes in mind. And he’s so great at building sets.”
“We tried to flip it around so the awards were slightly surprising,” said Oldham. While it would have been easy to do Cindy Crawford as a beauty queen, for example, her award is for a fast-food chain’s employee of the month, while Barneys New York’s creative director, Simon Doonan, gets an eighth-highest car sales award and Monica Lewinsky is the beaming recipient of a “Golden Knitting Needle.” Others in the spread include Alicia Silverstone, Ricki Lake, Traci Lords, Kate Dillon, Ashton Kutcher, Amy Sedaris and Molly Shannon.
FISHER’S LANDING: Sportswear designer Eileen Fisher didn’t get a lot of work done Monday; she was being trailed by a crew from “Oprah.” Fisher, whose designs are often borrowed by the Winfrey show, was asked to be on an episode dedicated to the theme of “listening to your intuition, and using your instincts,” the designer said. And since Fisher built her $100 million business 17 years ago with just a few hundred dollars, the “Oprah” staff thought she would fit the bill. Even though the shows are taped, Fisher is having some stage fright. “I’m nervous,” she said. “In fact, I’m terrified.”
WOLLINS TO COLE: Meredith Wollins joined Kenneth Cole Productions this week as vice president of corporate communications. Wollins, who was formerly managing director of publicity and advertising at Nicole Miller, will oversee public relations for Kenneth Cole New York, Unlisted.com and Reaction. She reports to Andrea Hyde, senior vice president of marketing and advertising. Wollins succeeds Ruth Voorhies, who was director of corporate communications.
GEEK CHIC: Confused customers can get straightened out at the 23 Bloomingdale’s stores nationwide starting Monday as the store kicks off its second “Be a Glamour Do” two-weeklong promotion. The retailer and the magazine will present 27 participating beauty and fashion advertisers as “Glamour Do’s.” During the promotion, shoppers can get a $10 gift card for each $100 they spend on “Glamour Do” merchandise. Some of the participants include Chanel, Clarins, Lancome, Shiseido, Company by Ellen Tracy, Polo Jeans Co., Sigrid Olsen and The Sak Elliott Lucca.
GIA AGAIN: Gia Carangi, the supermodel whose tragic live-fast-die-young life was portrayed in a 1998 HBO movie by Angelina Jolie, is back on TV — twice. On April 22, E! Entertainment is devoting its one-hour “True Hollywood Story” program to Carangi. And the next night, ABC News will air another one-hour documentary on Carangi called “Vanished: Shooting Star,” hosted by Elizabeth Vargas. The ABC feature chronicles Carangi’s rapid rise as a model and descent into drug abuse. It will feature outtakes from Carangi’s only TV interview, done on ABC’s “20/20,” as well as new interviews with Francesco Scavullo and Beverly Johnson.