"A plane crashes into the White House and they're worried about a T-shirt," complained one frustrated organizer.
Marina Schiano may have been dropped by Graydon Carter, but she's loved by Tina Brown. Vanity Fair's former style director has become a consultant for the New Yorker's fashion issue, due out in November. "We're very fortunate to have her," said Brown, through a spokeswoman.
Even before it opened on Monday, Karl Lagerfeld's new flagship boutique at 17 Faubourg St. Honore had already ticked off a number of people in Paris. "Facing the great windows of Hermès and Lanvin . . . how could you have transformed a boutique into a concrete bunker, with punch holes and a surface painted raspberry?" wrote the indignant president of the local retailers association, Bertrand de Courcy, in a letter to Lagerfeld's fashion house.
De Courcy, Hermès's communication director, even lobbied the city planning commission in an attempt to stop what he refers to in his letter as "this little concrete fortress" with "its aesthetic blight." The two-floor shop is designed by Boris Sipek, the distinguished Czech modern architect and designer.
"This is a fascist letter. It's a typical example of small-minded French bourgeois thinking," lamented Lagerfeld, also noting that the light plum color was to be toned down anyway.