GETTING AN A: Martine Sitbon, who returned to the Paris runway last season, is the guest editor of the new edition of Belgium’s A magazine, the twice yearly book that has also been guest edited by the likes of Yohji Yamamoto and Haider Ackermann. Nick Knight and Craig McDean are among the fashion lensmen who lent their talent to the magazine, which has been art directed by Sitbon’s husband, Marc Ascoli. Director Sofia Coppola, artist Jim Dine, actress Tilda Swinton and punk impresario Malcolm McLaren, who interviewed Sitbon, are among the other collaborators on the issue, which will be launched in Paris June 15.
CULTURED CLUB: Gemesis, the Florida-based producer of lab-grown diamonds, is out to woo the London market with its look-alike gems. This week Joan Parker, the former De Beers spokeswoman-turned-Gemesis ambassador, swooped into town to show off jewels made with a mix of cultured yellow diamonds and mined white diamonds. The Gemesis rocks, which take four to five days to form inside a special machine that replicates the high pressures and temperatures of the Earth’s core, cost one-third the real thing. The company has been making only fancy yellow stones so far, but plans are to move into pinks and other fancy colors. Ever the public relations rep, Parker said she doesn’t see any conflict — so to speak — between these diamonds and the real McCoy. “It’s a totally different market — and cultured and mined diamonds can happily coexist,” she said.