- ASIAN GROWTH TO MODERATE: Emerging economies in the Asia-Pacific region are forecast to have a moderation in growth to 7.7 percent in 2008, down from 8.2 percent last year, as a result of the U.S. economic downturn, a United Nations report predicted. China and India are expected to be the least impacted and to notch above-average growth, with China's economy growing 10.7 percent, down from 11.4 percent last year, on the strength of exports. India is estimated to maintain growth this year at 9 percent, the same as 2007. But the U.N.'s "Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2008" warned the U.S. housing credit crisis "is still unraveling" and could result in further turmoil in financial markets. A sharp downturn could severely hit Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea, triggered by falls in exports to the U.S., and also hurt exports from Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia. - VF PROMOTES BAXTER: VF Corp. has promoted Scott Baxter to president of the company's $988 million imagewear coalition. Baxter, 43, replaces Ed Doran, who has departed. Baxter joined VF in November 2007 as president of the imagewear segment's activewear division, which markets apparel for the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, National Basketball Association and Harley-Davidson. He will report to Eric Wiseman, president and chief executive officer.
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)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion