>> New York City police are on the hunt for Naomi Campbell after she assaulted her limo driver in Midtown this afternoon. They are considering whether to charge the model; her 27-year-old driver says she become angry with him while he was driving her around Manhattan, and she started to slap and punch him from the back seat of his Cadillac Escalade.
When the driver stopped the car at E. 58th Street and Second Avenue just after 3 pm and called 911, Campbell reportedly jumped out of the car and ran away; she was last seen exiting the scene. Police are canvassing the area and messages left with Campbell spokesman Jeff Raymond were not returned.
UPDATE: The driver, Miodrag Mejdina, has declined to press charges, though suffered bruising and swelling under an eye — he said that Campbell struck on the back of the head while he was driving, causing him to hit his head on the steering wheel. Mejdina had been hired to chaffeur Campbell's boyfriend, the still married Vladislav Doronin, a year ago, and Campbell had tried to call both men, but neither picked up their phone. She was mulling over the accident again yesterday, according to the driver, and accused Medjina for covering for Doronin before slapping him. Campbell's spokesman noted of the incident: “There shouldn’t be a rush to judgment. There is more to the story than meets the eye.” [NYDN, NY Times]
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>> More Victoria's Secret Models to Walk at Giles —Victoria's Secret models have popped up at Givenchy, Balenciaga, and most recently Prada, but that's not the end — Giles Deacon is continuing the run by casting Karolina Kurkova, Alessandra Ambrosio, Izabel Goulart, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in his show tomorrow along with Jessica Stam, Coco Rocha, Carmen Kass, and Angela Lindvall. Giles is showing at almost the same time as Gareth Pugh — they're scheduled just half an hour apart. [Vogue UK]
Confirmed: Brian Atwood Leaving Bally; Current Brand Owners Repositioning Label, Looking for More Fashion Investments
>> Those rumors last September of Brian Atwood stepping down from Bally have proven to be correct: the designer just presented his last collection for the label for Fall 2010 and is moving on to focus on his own label.
Atwood was hired in 2007 to revamp and revitalize the Swiss brand's image — but in April 2008, Bally was sold to Labelux Group, which has also recently purchased stakes in Derek Lam, Solange Azagury-Partride, and Zagliani, and it sounds like Atwood was asked to leave. It's rumored Labelux wants the brand more focused on its Swiss heritage, as exemplified by the Spring 2010 Bally ad campaign, featuring Christy Turlington against a background of Alps.
Lindsey Wixson's fashion week in photos by Gabrielle Revere for Life.com.
Kate Moss has signed on to star in a ballet film with Mikhail Baryshnikov that will be shown during a fund-raising event and as a gallery installation later this year.
Cathy Horyn calls Milan Fashion Week "an eternity of bad clothes crammed into four days." Adding that "six years after Tom Ford bowed out at Gucci, Italian fashion hasn’t recovered its magic and energy yet."
Meanwhile buyers at the Milan shows were pleased with "solid collections, easing up on sex and flash to focus on heritage values and investment pieces."
Coco Rocha announced her engagement to boyfriend James Conran.
Source: Gabrielle Revere for Life.com
British model, sometimes actress, sometimes singer, and recent online magazine editor, Agyness Deyn is the latest mannequin to launch a clothing line.
She has teamed up with Barneys Japan on an 11-piece capsule collection of dresses, knits, scarves, tee-shirts, and leggings. Retailing for around $200-$300 at the current exchange, Deyn's collection will debut during the opening of Barneys' new store in Kobe this Friday. Pieces will be on sale in the Tokyo store beginning March 13.
Created as part of Barneys' evnironmental Go Green Go campaign, a portion of the proceeds will go towards planting trees in Mongolia.
Todd Selby is getting his first-ever solo show in Paris's Colette featuring watercolors, video instillations, and, most notably, his photographs of creatives in their homes or at work. While creating new images for the show in Paris, Colette's Sarah Lerfel challenged Selby to photograph 20 people in a little over a week. His latest subjects include Jacques Grange, stylist Lisa Nalin, and artist Xavier Veilhan.
The show at Colette runs March 30-May 2, but if you are in Paris this week, stop by The Selby's Window Apartment for advance signed copies of his book or to have a portrait taken or your favorite pet.