- ASPREY'S MOVES: Asprey has named Vivien Yakopin to head its U.K. and European retail operations. Prior to joining Asprey, Yakopin was head of Swiss retail operations at Van Cleef & Arpels. She replaces Lord Bruce Dundas, who has in turn been named ambassador for Asprey, a newly created position. The company said Dundas will focus "on the worldwide promotion of the Asprey brand, together with the introduction of new high-profile and VIP clients." The company, owned by Sciens Capital Management and Plainfields Asset Management LLC, has yet to replace Gianluca Brozzetti, who left the company as chief executive officer last year. - LETTER ON CHINA: On the eve of high-level talks, Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, joined 10 other senators in urging Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Jr. and the Bush administration to continue pressuring China to reform its currency policy. The U.S. and China today kick off two days of talks, known as the Strategic Economic Dialogue, in Annapolis, Md. Many lawmakers have called on the White House to label China a currency manipulator, which could lead to punitive sanctions by the World Trade Organization. But legislative efforts that would have pressured China to revalue its currency or face sanctions have stalled in Congress. The administration has opted for diplomatic prodding. China's currency, which critics claim is undervalued and allows Chinese goods to enter the U.S. at unfairly low prices, has increased in value 19.8 percent since July 2005. - HOSIERY HOOKUP: Royce Too, a hosiery licensor for brands such as Nine West and Nautica, has sold a majority stake of the company to Okamoto Corp., Japan's largest specialized hosiery producer. The transaction will provide Royce with opportunities to expand into private label and specialty brand businesses, while offering Okamoto a foothold in the U.S. market through Royce's extensive marketing and distribution networks.
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.
@beyonce chose a custom gown by @falgunishanepeacockindia for mother @mstinalawson 's second annual Wearable Art Gala last night. The gown, which took 10 days to make, was inspired by Nubian warrior queen Amanishakheto. Reporting by @hernameislex . #wwdeye 👑 🐝#beyonce
After dressing @justintimberlake for his Super Bowl halftime performance last month, @stellamccartney has designed the star’s "Man of the Woods" tour wardrobe. Timberlake will be wearing a mix of pieces from McCartney’s fall men's collection as well as custom designs and items from his own closet. #wwdfashion