Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Gatecrasher v. Jill Stuart: Who knows best?

Lindsay Lohan, Ben Widdicombe and Jill Stuart CEO Ron Curtis walk into a bar. While the joke probably isn't all that funny, various punchlines are circulating among the higher-ups at the brand.

According to today's Gatecrasher, Lohan is getting axed as the face of Jill Stuart's fall ad campaign (shot by Mario Sorrenti) on account of her boozin' and rehabbing ways. Ben Widdicombe reports, "The Japanese [Jill Stuart] licensee paid for it, and they wanted to pull the plug when she went to rehab," says a source. "Japan accounts for the lion's share of the business."

So what does the company's CEO have to say about it? "The ads are running as planned, and we have the utmost support for Lindsay and her rehabilitation, and she is doing great," he said. "They will also appear in all of the major lifestyle fashion magazines for fall in Asia and the U.S."

I love this joke! It's like the Aristocrats - everyone's got their own version. Forget what the CEO says, Widdicombe revisits his source with "very close knowledge of the deal.":

'The day Lindsay appeared on the front page of the newspaper crashed out in the front seat of the SUV, the Japanese informed Ron Curtis they no longer wanted to be involved. And they are the ones who financed the campaign.'"

So who's right? Curtis? An unnamed source? Widdicombe?

Curious minds want to know!