- AMERICAN APPAREL LAWSUIT: American Apparel Inc. and founder and chief executive officer Dov Charney have agreed to binding arbitration in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed in California by a former employee. Mary Nelson, who was fired in 2005, accused Charney of holding meetings in his underwear and using vulgar language that disparaged women. Attorneys for Charney and Los Angeles-based American Apparel argue the language was part of the creative process, and said Charney was acting as a fit model for the company when he appeared in his underwear.
- NORDSTROM EXPANDS: Nordstrom plans to open a two-level, 138,000-square-foot store in spring 2010 at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, Calif. The store will be built on the site of a former Macy's Women space vacated in 2006 when a full-line Macy's opened at Fashion Island. The new location will be Nordstrom's sixth full-line store in Orange County. Fashion Island also includes Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale's among its 200 stores and restaurants.
- ANNE KLEIN DEPARTURE: Eileen McMaster, Anne Klein's vice president of corporate communications, is leaving the company to pursue other interests. Her last day is Friday. For seven years, McMaster worked for the brand, overseeing its marketing, advertising and public relations, through the brand's takeover by Jones Apparel Group, and the launch and subsequent shuttering of the Isabel Toledo-designed designer collection. McMaster will not be replaced, and her responsibilities will be distributed among the existing executives within the marketing department, said a Jones spokeswoman.
A grooming moment between @tanfrance and @antoni last night at the The LGBT Community Center Trailblazer Awards honoring Anna Wintour, Ricky Martin and more. See more photos at WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“It was a very surreal feeling. It wasn’t like we were in the studio together coming up with it — it’s more like he discovered it and loved it. I didn’t let myself get my hopes up, but then it happened it was very exciting,” said singer-songwriter @nombe on discovering that @pharrell would be using his song, “Cant Catch Me” on his HBO documentary series “Outpost.” The German-born singer — named Noah MacBeth — talked to WWD about feminism, using art as a platform for political expression and personal style. Read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
This season, denim is going west – in influence. Brands like @fathersdaughterla (pictured here), @tommyhilfiger Jeans, @levis and more are opting for raw, top-stitching styles. (Styled by @thealexbadia; 📷: @ryanplett)
20-year-old British singer @jorjasmith_ made her debut at Coachella last weekend. We caught up with her and talked about her love for Amy Winehouse, working with Kendrick Lamar on the “Black Panther” album and her fashion philosophy. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @katiedaisyla)
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)