- CROOKE DEPARTS HOT TOPIC: Michael Crooke, who was appointed president of the Hot Topic division of Hot Topic Inc. on June 2, has left the company. Hot Topic did not provide a reason for Crooke's departure and did not return a call for comment on Wednesday. Company chief executive officer Betsy McLaughlin has taken over Crooke's responsibilities. Before joining the City of Industry, Calif.-based retailer, Crooke served as president and ceo of Patagonia Inc. and its parent company, Lost Arrow Corp.
- WAL-MART DISABILITY BIAS CASE: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York upheld a $7.5 million jury verdict against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which was accused of discriminating against Patrick Brady, who has cerebral palsy. A Wal-Mart spokeswoman said the company was reviewing the decision. "We believe in respecting the dignity of every individual and do not tolerate any form of discrimination," she said. On Monday, a U.S. District Court judge in Minnesota ordered Wal-Mart to pay $6.5 million to compensate workers for missed breaks and off-the-clock work. Civil penalties for that case could run as high as $2 billion and will be decided at a jury trial in October.
- NEW DUCKWALL CEO: Lawrence Zigerelli, former chief executive officer of Levitz Furniture, has joined Duckwall-ALCO Stores Inc., the Midwestern general merchandise chain, as president and ceo. Donny Johnson, the chief financial officer who served as interim ceo since Bruce Dale's departure in February, has resumed his role as cfo and added the title of executive vice president. A longtime Procter & Gamble executive, Zigerelli joined CVS Corp. as executive vice president of corporate development in 1999 before moving to Meijir Inc. as senior vice president of marketing and merchandising in 2002. He was promoted to president three years later and joined Levitz in January 2007.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews