- 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.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)