WHO’S GOT STYLE?: Forget those Tinseltown starlets — Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel and his wife, Marion, have got serious style, according to Rebecca Moses. At Thursday night’s book signing for her first publication, “A Life of Style,” Moses explained that a lot of people confuse fashion with style. “Style is about empowerment. I always say stylish people are very courageous,” explained Moses. “Fashion is just a tool of style.” Celebrating with the designer that evening at the Fratelli Rossetti on Madison Avenue were notables such as the Wiesels, Ted Turner, Suze Orman, Olympic champion figure skater Evan Lysacek, Ron Frasch of Saks Fifth Avenue and Vera Wang. “I’ve known Vera forever,” remarked Moses. “She was my first editor at Vogue when I was 18.”
SPURRING ON TOMMY: Tommy Hilfiger is getting a fashion boost. Simon Spurr, the British-born designer whose résumé includes men’s wear design posts at Yves Saint Laurent under Hedi Slimane, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren, is becoming a creative consultant for Hilfiger men’s wear, WWD has learned. Spurr will consult on the fall men’s runway line, collaborating with Hilfiger, principal designer and visionary of the brand, according to informed sources. The position is similar to that of Peter Som, who is the creative consultant for Hilfiger’s women’s collection.
Spurr, who launched his own contemporary denim-based line in 2006, unveiled a sophisticated men’s wear collection for fall 2010 called Simon Spurr, which is sold in stores such as Harrods and Bergdorf Goodman. He was a finalist for the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund Award and was nominated for the Swarovski Award for Menswear.
ORANGE YOU GLAD: Corporate scandals are good news for France’s publishing business. On Sunday, employees at Hermès International took out full-page ads in Journal du Dimanche and Le Monde to declare their wish for the 173-year-old luxury firm to remain independent in the face of a powerful suitor, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, which last month revealed it holds a 17.1 percent stake in the maker of Birkin bags and silk scarves. The text-only ad, on a background the color of Hermès packaging, does not mention the L-word, as in LVMH, but alludes to its investment, compelling the works committees to “express their support and reaffirm their confidence in the Hermès family and the management to safeguard its unique know-how, values and the culture of the house.” The ad lists 23 works committees, including those for affiliate companies like shoemaker John Lobb and crystal maker Saint-Louis.
Meanwhile, Le Monde is capitalizing on the public’s fascination with the Bettencourt affair by advertising its special 100-page issue on the saga with a cover price of 7.50 euros, or $10.25 at current exchange.