ROCK THE CAMELIA: Karl Lagerfeld is showing his rock ‘n’ roll soul. Unbeknownst to legions in the fashion world, he recently photographed Mick Jagger for the cover of his new solo album. And at his Chanel show March 12, he’s planning to have a live band. He hired Vive La Fete, a Belgian quartet gaining fame for its electro-tinged tunes and its towering and charismatic blonde frontwoman, Els Pynoo. “I’m mad for the girl,” said Lagerfeld. “She could be a new kind of Blondie — not that I don’t like the old Blondie.” Lagerfeld had hired Vive la Fete for the private party he threw last month during couture for Harper’s Bazaar editor in chief Glenda Bailey. He also photographed them for V magazine’s March issue.
BRAVO BRAVO: Rose Marie Bravo, Burberry’s chief executive officer, is accumulating accolades. The ceo, who made Burberry plaid cool, was named 2001’s most successful woman in business in Europe in the Wednesday edition of The Wall Street Journal Europe. Bravo, as reported, has been elected the year’s top ceo by Time magazine for its upcoming fashion edition. She shared the Journal’s distinction with Sari Baldauf, president of Nokia Networks in Finland, with whom she tied for number one. The Journal published its list of Europe’s top 25 female executives. An 11-member panel selected the winners. The fashion world cleaned up: Pringle’s ceo, Kim Winser, ranked ninth; Chantal Roos, president of YSL Beaute, was 11th, and Concetta Lanciaux, group executive vice president of synergies at LVMH was 12th. Meanwhile, Patricia Barbizet, ceo of Artemis SA, the family holding company of French tycoon Francois Pinault — who controls distribution giant Pinault Printemps Redoute, Gucci’s majority shareholder — was 20th.
UNSEALED ENVELOPE: The press conference is set for Sunday; the designers themselves aren’t supposed to find out until today, but sources close to designer Zac Posen say he’s one of the five winners of the German rayon filament maker Enka’s design competition known as Enkamania. Of more than 100 applicants, 21 finalists are listed on the competition Web site, including AF Vandevorst, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Gary Graham, Gaspard Yurkievich, Jose Enrique Ona Selfa and Steinunn Sigurd. The finalists will be feted in Milan in September, when Enka will fund a fashion show for each designer and help secure orders through buyers who have served as judges in the competition. First prize will be that Enka will pay for the winner’s ad campaigns and will employ the designer to work on new projects for three seasons.
TINA TALKS: Tina Brown wasn’t scouring the Virginia Theatre’s foyer for job leads during Tuesday’s preview of “The Crucible.” She was looking for her husband, Harold Evans, whom she’d lost in the crowd. When approached by a reporter inquiring about any new projects, Brown took a few steps back smiling and said she’s still with Miramax’s books division. As for the likelihood of her penning her memoirs, Brown laughed, “Oh, that’s craziness.” Eileen and Jerry Ford, Edgar Bronfman and Armand Assante were also in the house, which gave Liam Neeson and Laura Linney a standing ovation after the nearly three-hour performance. With a little help from 11 producers, Sir Richard Eyre directs the Arthur Miller play that’s set to bow March 7.