HEARTS ON FIRE NAMES MALONEY: Ellen Maloney has been named vice president of retail at diamond jewelry firm Hearts on Fire. In the new position, Maloney will oversee the direction of the Boston-based firm’s retail operations and expansion. She reports to president Mark Israel. Hearts on Fire recently opened its first U.S. stand-alone store in Atlantic City, N.J. It was previously only sold through wholesale distribution. Maloney has a background in luxury brands including stints at Tiffany & Co., where she held several executive positions. She was most recently vice president and managing director of FRCH Design Worldwide, an architecture and design firm specializing in retail brand identity and prototype design for upmarket expansion efforts.
L.A. PORT TRUCK PLAN: A sweeping environmental program to upgrade trucks at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles has passed a major hurdle. A U.S. district judge in Los Angeles rejected an attempt by the American Trucking Associations to block the program. The so-called Clean Truck Program, scheduled to begin on Oct. 1, would by 2012 rid the ports of an estimated 16,800 trucks that don’t meet 2007 air-quality standards. The goal is to cut diesel emissions by 80 percent. The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, the country’s largest port complex handling 40 percent of its imports, approved the plan last year. The ATA has criticized the program for undercutting small trucking businesses’ ability to service the ports. The trade group, which represents roughly 37,000 motor carriers nationwide, has indicated it will appeal the decision. ICONIX’S CHINA HANDS: Veronica Chou has been named president of Iconix China, the joint venture started by Iconix Brand Group and Silas Chou’s Novel Fashion Brands Ltd. to launch Iconix brands in China. Chou, the daughter of Silas Chou, is a former private banker at Citibank. In addition, Lei Chen has joined the firm as executive vice president, merchandising, for the Asia Pacific region with responsibility for the integration of the Iconix brand portfolio with local partners. The two companies announced plans to launch the Chinese venture in May, with Iconix contributing $5 million and Novel $20 million to the start-up.
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)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)