Byline: Jeane MacIntosh
STAYING PUT: With all the drama surrounding embattled New York publicity queen Lizzie Grubman’s horrific Hamptons crash last weekend, you’d think competing PR vultures would be circling in swarms, trying to make off with clients in a pre-mortem picking fest. But if they are, Grubman’s fashion clients — including Chanel, Diane Von Furstenberg, jewelers Julie Baker and Stephen Webster and upscale boutique Language — in an unprecedented show of accord among notoriously fickle fashionistas, are saying they aren’t interested in switching shops.
“I stand behind her completely,” Language co-owner Ana Adbul says. “And it’s not because she works for me. I know Lizzie very well, and I really believe this was an accident. It’s unfortunate, I’m glad nobody was seriously hurt, but I know she wouldn’t do that intentionally.” Reps for Von Furstenberg also say she has no intention of bolting — and Chanel is even sticking with a Grubman-planned Hamptons charity event July 28. “As Lizzie’s client, this is not a concern,” notes Baker. “She has many very capable people running that business, and the clients aren’t suffering. Anyone who’s had to deal with the press knows how things can get blown out of proportion. The situation is most unfortunate…for everyone involved, but Lizzie is innocent until proven guilty.” Jeweler Webster, a British import who credits his quick success here to Grubman’s efforts, says, “Her firm did absolutely everything I wanted, and more. In 18 months, I was known here. And for a jeweler, that’s unusual.” He adds nobody’s tried to poach him, and “if they did, I certainly wouldn’t be interested.”
Indeed, despite the serious criminal charges against Grubman, her firm claims it landed two new fashion accounts this week — one beauty, the other apparel-related, says Brenda Loughery, who is running the show in her boss’s absence. Meanwhile, one irony not lost on New York jetsetters is that Mercedes, builder of Grubman’s careening coach, is a company repped by her arch PR competitor, Harrison-Shriftman.
SPECIAL ORDER: Naomi Campbell doesn’t strike anyone as the mothering type, but she’s apparently dead serious about adopting a baby from China. And not just any old tyke: it’s gotta be a girl. Ever since an Indian psychic told the supermodel she’d give birth to two sons, the controlling catwalker is convinced the only way to get a future female coverbaby is to adopt. “Her grandmother is half Chinese, and Naomi thinks the Chinese are beautiful,” a friend of the supermodel tells Scoop. “She’s very close to her grandmother, she spends a lot of time with her in Jamaica, so it makes sense she’d want a child with a similar background.” Naomi also wouldn’t mind having those predicted baby boys, but first she’s got to convince on-again, off-again, on-again boyfriend, Formula One racing honcho Flavio Briatore, to settle down. “But he’s actually very good to her. Every time she leaves him and goes off with someone else, he takes her back,” notes the insider. Of course, Campbell is also good for business at the nightclub Briatore’s family runs in Sardinia, so he might finally convince her to “settle down” permanently as well. Settling, however, is something that doesn’t come easy for Campbell. “I think Naomi thinks she wants to have a normal life, the husband, the child, the works,” says one source. “But it’s not going to be easy for her. She’s going to have to make a lot of changes.”
LINE JUMPER: Speaking of model moms, Cindy Crawford spent part of her Fourth of July holiday visiting her family in Illinois — and a local amusement park. Spies say Crawford; her mom; her son, Presley, and other pals stood patiently in line with the hoi polloi at Santa’s Village, a kiddie playland in a western Chicago burb. Eventually, though, the rubbernecking went into overdrive, and Crawford was shuffled into Santa’s club by the park’s guest services.
HAIR RAZING: You’d think Dan Rather was the blond, female host of a chatty morning show, the way folks are carrying on about his new haircut. It’s been weeks since the dapper CBS News vet got his long-overdue chopping, and people are still weighing in either for or against the short, spike-topped crop. The look’s been likened to both Gomer and Goober from “The Andy Griffith Show.” One newspaper published online poll results that declared he looked like he was auditioning for a role in “Space Cowboys II.” Fox News’ Arthel Neville described the ‘do as “fly.” (That’s a good thing.) The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz reckons Rather woke up one morning and, “maybe he just said, I’m Dan Rather, I’m almost 70 years old and I’ll wear my hair any damn way I want!”
Close, but not exactly how it played out, says celeb hair man John Barrett, who crafted the buzz that’s creating all the buzz. “When I got the call to do his hair, I admit I was a little scared,” says Barrett, who called Rather’s 1980s, Ronald Reagan-style pompadour “dreadful.” “I don’t know what it is about news anchors as they get older,” he says. “But the women’s hair always gets blonder and the men’s hair gets bigger. But I went over to Dan and he said, ‘do what you do.”‘ So Barrett gave Rather “a sophisticated gentleman’s cut” that “doesn’t distract from his face.” Now Barrett — who has a standing appointment with Rather every three weeks — has greater ambitions. “My next project is Sam Donaldson,” he cracked.
WIGGED OUT: Madonna had a bad hair night at her Earl’s Court show in London Friday night, when her slick black wig started sliding off her head halfway through her Geisha girl routine. She tried to keep the troublesome toupee in place with a delicate balancing act (while singing the lyrics to “I Don’t Deserve It”) but, reports London’s Mirror, after several agonizing seconds she gave up and ripped off the rug in disgust. Madonna stormed offstage after the number, even though the majority of her fans didn’t really notice anything was wrong. “Most of the crowd thought it was part of the act,” says one concert-goer, “and cheered when she finally tore the wig off.”
Editor’s Note: WWD.com columnist Jeane MacIntosh can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.