- EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENT: Perrine Houdoux-Stoclet has been named managing director of Kris Van Assche's signature men's and women's fashion brand. The luxury goods executive previously fulfilled the role of chairwoman of the Thierry Mugler brand, where she oversaw the restructuring of the house's couture branch. "It is genuinely exciting to be working with a talented designer such as Kris at a time when his company is poised for further growth and development," stated Houdoux-Stoclet, who will take up her newly created position at the fashion house June 1.
-GREEN TO STICK WITH BHS: A spokeswoman for Sir Philip Green, owner of Topshop's parent Arcadia Group Ltd. and British Home Stores, has quashed speculation that the latter is for sale. London's Independent on Sunday ran a story suggesting Green is looking for buyers for the 180-unit BHS chain in order to focus his attentions on Topshop's expansion in the U.S. The story came after Green forecast a fall in profits for BHS in the financial year to 2008. The spokeswoman said the report was "not factual." BHS, a mass market chain, carries women's, men's and children's clothing as well as items for the home. Green's spokeswoman added that the Independent's suggestions that Green was preparing Arcadia for a stock market listing also were untrue.
-WARNACO WAGES: Warnaco Group Inc. president and chief executive officer Joseph R. Gromek earned $5.74 million in 2007, up 33 percent from $4.31 million in 2006. Gromek received no discretionary bonus in 2007, like all of Warnaco's top executives, down from his nearly $1 million bonus last year, but he received a $2 million nonequity incentive plan compensation. Helen McCluskey, group president of intimate apparel, was the second highest-paid executive at $2.84 million, up from $2.29 million in 2006, followed by Frank Tworecke, group president of sportswear, who earned $2.84 million, up from $2.24 million. Executive vice president and chief financial officer Lawrence R. Rutkowski made $2.15 million, up from $1.87 million.
- RELAY FOR LIFE: Designer Pamela Dennis will headline a fashion show and fund-raiser called "A Night of Fashion, Finance and Fun" on June 3 at the Jericho Terrace in Mineola, N.Y. The summer fashion show and dinner, sponsored by J.P. Morgan, Hartford Life and LPL Financial, will raise money for Relay for Life for The American Cancer Society. Admission is $25 a person, and tickets can be obtained through firstname.lastname@example.org.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)