MAYBE BABY: Parenting can be tough. Since giving birth to her first son, George, last year, Eva Herzigova has had to put her swimwear line on hold. "It was my little baby," Herzigova said of the project, while at Cavalli's show. "But since I have my own now, it's really hard to follow....Unless I get a license deal, I don't think I'll do it."
HOT SHOT: Hedi Slimane is taking on haute couture — as a photographer, that is. The former Dior Homme designer lensed a 14-page feature on the summer high fashion collections for French Vogue's forthcoming April issue. "It's magnificent," editor in chief Carine Roitfeld said at Gucci's show on Wednesday. But as colorful as the collections were, Slimane stuck with his signature black and white. Condé Nast International chairman Jonathan Newhouse also made it to Gucci after attending festivities in Paris Tuesday night for the launch of French GQ. He said the March issue, with a double cover — one with text, the second with actor Vincent Cassel — carried 121 pages of advertising, some 50 over budget. Coming up this fall is the launch of a monthly Vanity Fair in Spain.
FINLAY, OUT: Industry sources said this year will mark the end of Lord & Taylor's partnership with Finlay Enterprises Inc. Earlier this month, L&T's parent company, NRDC Equity Partners, entered into an agreement to purchase Fortunoff for $110 million. Finlay operates licensed fine jewelry departments in department stores throughout the U.S., including Bloomingdale's, Macy's and Dillard's. As of November, the firm operated in 691 department store locations. Finlay recently acquired the 70-store jewelry chain Bailey Banks & Biddle from Zale Corp. for $200 million. "At this point, Finlay's contract with Lord & Taylor runs through the end of the fiscal year, January 2009," said LaVelle Olexa, senior vice president of advertising, sales promotion and public relations for Lord & Taylor. Calls to Finlay were not returned Wednesday.