LAUREN’S LOWLY SALARY: Poor Ralph Lauren. He didn’t make the cut on Forbes’s 100 Richest Celebrities list, which came out this week. Although the designer is worth an estimated $1.8 billion, his earnings last year fell short, compared with those of competitors Giorgio Armani, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Bill Blass, who all made the list — which was based on income in 1999.
Armani came in third with $135 million, Blass came in at number 14 with $50 million, Hilfiger placed 44th with $22 million, Klein ranked 45th with $21.5 million and Karan took 48th place with $20 million.
According to Forbes reporter Erika Brown, “Ralph Lauren has the biggest net worth; however, for the celebrity issue, we looked at annual income for 1999. He only paid himself a couple of million.” She added, though, that Lauren made Forbes’s 400 Richest Americans list last October.
As for Armani’s fat paycheck, she explained that’s the company’s net income, and Armani owns the whole company. Karan’s numbers are based on her licensing income, and Klein’s are based on what Forbes estimated the company’s net earnings to be; it took 43 percent of that, corresponding to Klein’s share of the company. Blass’s figure was the amount he received when he sold his company.
Asked if there were any surprises, she said Tom Ford might have been considered, but his worth is in lots of stock, not his actual 1999 salary.
The list of richest models, in order, are Claudia Schiffer, $9 million; Cindy Crawford, $8 million; Elizabeth Hurley and Christy Turlington, tied at $7 million, and Tyra Banks, $6.5 million. The numbers are based on earnings mostly from their assorted endorsement deals last year.

BACHMAN INTO OVERDRIVE: Calvin Klein Inc. has promoted Sydney Bachman to senior vice president and global creative director of advertising and fashion. Previously, she was senior vice president and fashion director. In her expanded role, she will be responsible for the creative direction of CRK Advertising, Klein’s in-house agency. “For me, Sydney’s instincts are always on target,” Calvin Klein said. “Her sensibility and taste are impeccable.”

TALK BYPASSES TALK: Talk magazine will publish a 92-page custom issue celebrating the past 10 years of the Academy Awards. Roger Friedman, currently the daily entertainment columnist for and a contributing writer to Premiere and The New York Observer, will edit the issue. Fifty thousand copies will be printed and distributed Oscar weekend — the big event is Sunday, March 26 — and will be polybagged with Daily Variety in Los Angeles and weekly Variety in New York. Copies will also be distributed at Los Angeles hotels and at parties following the Oscars.
But don’t look for it on the newsstand or with your Talk subscription — that’s not part of the distribution plan.

BOWIE ON BOWIE: David Bowie is featured on the cover of the spring 2000 Men’s Fashion of the Times, which hits newsstands Sunday, March 19. But it’s not accompanied by your typical interview. Instead, Bowie, 53, interviews himself at age 24 and provides handpicked archival photos, illustrating the “self-interview.” The story is edited by Robert E. Bryan, and Bowie was photographed by Frank Ockenfels. The issue’s special theme? Vanity.

FASHION NAVIGATOR: “FYI Fashion Source: New York 2000” has hit bookstores. The guide, which resembles the Zagat restaurant guide, gives reviews of about 500 women’s clothing and accessories stores in New York. It was created by Tara Lowenberg, a 24-year-old former film company employee, and her boyfriend, Christopher Zalla, 25, a former story editor at Independent Pictures.
The guide is geographically organized and printed in color-coded pastels for easy navigation by neighborhood. The book offers store reviews and is judged on service, presentation, quality and price range. The book also has a “Where to Find…Index,” “Special Attractions Index” and “Label Locator Index,” which lists practically every label available in New York. It sells for $14.95 and is available at Barnes & Noble, Rizzoli, Borders and Tower Books.

EDITORIAL HIRES: Nylon has made some additions to its masthead. Havanna Laffitte has been named fashion director. She had been a contributor to such magazines as ID and The Face. April Hughes, former market editor of Elle, was named senior fashion editor and Carmel Allen, former beauty and health director at Tatler, has joined as beauty director.
Jim Windolf, executive editor at The New York Observer, will join Vanity Fair as senior articles editor. He succeeds Ned Zeman, who has become a contributing editor.

FULL STORY: Jill Eisenstadt, formerly executive vice president of Loving & Weintraub, has joined Full Picture, a New York p.r., marketing, management and production company founded by Desiree Gruber, as managing director. The company, which has offices in New York and Century City, Calif., handles Victoria’s Secret, Heidi Klum, Stephanie Seymour, Naomi Campbell and various designers and Web sites. Eisenstadt will oversee the L.A. operation, but will maintain an office in New York.

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