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RISING SON: Antoine Arnault's appointment as a member of the committee for editorial independence at Les Echos has provoked an outcry from the Society of Journalists in Paris. The committee had already expressed fierce opposition to the acquisition of the financial daily by Arnault's father, LVMH chief Bernard Arnault, last December. Since May 2, the younger Arnault, LVMH's director of communication, also sits on the paper's observation committee, according to a spokeswoman for Les Echos. Henri Gibier was nominated editor in chief of Les Echos by the committee on Tuesday, following the departure in February of Erik Izraelewicz, who is now editor in chief of the rival business daily La Tribune. Gibier's nomination will be presented to the editorial team of Les Echos on May 14, with the right to veto.
— Katya Foreman
SHE'S THE ONE: Stephanie Seymour has been everywhere recently — from a new Gap campaign to appearing as the cover girl (and main subject) of the spring-summer issue of Pop magazine, to her work as brand ambassador for Chantelle. She was also recently named a contributing fashion editor at Interview.
Terron Schaefer, Saks Fifth Avenue's group senior vice president of creative and marketing, was struck by her work for Chantelle and Pop, so he's booked Seymour as the only model for all 63 pages of the retailer's fall preview book. It's the first time, at least during his tenure, that only one model has appeared in one of its books. "She embodies everything that the Saks customer can relate to," he added, noting her age (she'll be 40 in July) and the fact that she's the mother of four. Seymour was shot at Pier 59 in New York by three photographers: Nathaniel Goldberg, Sebastián Faena and Jamie Isaia. New for fall is Bill Blass' ready-to-wear collection designed by Peter Som, and Proenza Schouler. Seymour was also photographed in Prada, Gucci, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Carolina Herrera and more.
A few months after the fall book hits mailboxes, Saks will have a 24-page designer portfolio in the August issue of W magazine. Each page will feature a different model — from ages 17 (Chanel Iman) to 78 (Carmen). The portfolio hasn't been shot, said Schaefer, but he noted Saks is only working with Ford Models and the models will all be shot by portrait photographer Peggy Sirota. Selections from the shoot will also appear in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Vanity Fair and Town & Country.
— Amy Wicks