• HOMEBODIES: Skittish shoppers are taking a toll on major retail chains, but Housing Works seems to be cashing in on consumers’ newfound thriftiness. Earlier this month, the company opened a TriBeCa store at 72 Warren Street, and late next month, its ninth store, a unit at 130 Crosby Street in New York, will bow. In addition, Sears and Kmart have signed up as sponsors of the nonprofit’s Design on a Dime charity event on May 7, which will feature 50 designers, including Charlotte Moss, John Bartlett and Ty Pennington, among others.
• HARPER QUITS THEO FENNELL: Pamela Harper has resigned as chief executive officer of Theo Fennell Plc, the London-based fine jewelry house, the company said Monday. Barbara Snoad — whom Harper had originally replaced in late 2007 — will assume Harper’s duties on an interim basis. Sources close to the company said it’s possible Snoad’s appointment could become permanent. Harper, a former Burberry executive, joined Fennell in 2007. The firm’s sales fell 21 percent during the five weeks of December, compared with the same period the previous year, and the company expects to take a loss for the 2008-09 fiscal period. Fennell has shelved plans for a New Bond Street store, and has not renewed its contracts to operate the luxury watch and fine jewelry concessions in Harrods or Brown Thomas in Dublin. Sources have said the company’s decision to no longer operate those departments will result in cash benefits totaling 3 million pounds, or $4.3 million. Fennell will continue to operate its own retail counters at Brown Thomas and Harrods.
• AGENT PROVOCATEUR SALES RISE: Agent Provocateur’s upscale lingerie seems to be weathering the economic downturn. The company said sales rose 26 percent in the year ended March 31, 2008, to 20.7 million pounds, or $41.4 million. All dollar figures have been calculated at average exchange rates for the period. Sales to date for the year ending March 31, 2009 are up 8 percent compared with the same period last year. The private equity group 3i acquired Agent Provocateur for an estimated $123 million in 2007. Because of investment in the brand, 3i said Agent Provocateur’s EBITDA for the 2008 fiscal year fell 18.5 percent to 2.2 million pounds, or $4.4 million. The company said it has invested 4.5 million pounds, or $6.5 million at current exchange, since 3i acquired the label, in projects including opening 13 new stores, a new IT system and a head office relocation.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty