- MARKS AND SPENCER EXPANDS IN INDIA: Marks and Spencer Group plc said it plans to launch 50 stores in India over the next five years with Reliance Industries. Together, the two companies have invested 29 million pounds, or $57 million at current exchange, in the business. M&S said it will take a 51 percent interest in the new company, called Marks and Spencer Reliance India Pvt Ltd., while Reliance Retail will control the remaining 49 percent. M&S has 14 franchise stores in India run by Planet Retail, and the company said it expected to continue to run those stores. The new deal is part of M&S' strategy to grow its international business to make up between 15 and 20 percent of the group's revenues within the next five years. Last month, the company signed a joint venture with its Eastern European franchise partner, COMS, to open 30 stores in Central and Eastern Europe over the next few years.
- LOEHMANN'S PICKS POLITZER: Loehmann's named Jerry Politzer chief executive officer Tuesday, confirming an April 16 report in WWD. He succeeds Robert Friedman, who is retiring, but will serve as vice chairman of Loehmann's board and a consultant to parent company Istithmar World Capital. Politzer was most recently president of Value City Department Stores. Loehmann's has "exceptional growth potential," Politzer said. The off-pricer has more than 60 stores in 17 states.
- HARTMARX DEAL: Hartmarx Corp. has signed a deal with Airwair International Ltd. and R Griggs Group Ltd., the holders of the worldwide license for Dr. Martens, to manufacture and market women's and men's casual apparel under the Dr. Martens name. The sportswear will be made, marketed and sold by HMX Sportswear Inc., a New York-based subsidiary of Chicago-based Hartmarx. The launch collection will feature men's wear for fall 2009, followed by women's apparel in 2010. The lines will include denim jeans, cotton shirts, sweatshirts and outerwear.
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@badgalriri’s @fentybeauty launch in September was a massive success on social media, powering $72.9 million of earned media value, according to Tribe Dynamics. The brand’s foundation offering sparked conversations about diversity in beauty, launching the growth of emerging influencers and propelling the brand’s support on social media. Today, #fentybeauty won Launch of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📷: Chema Moya/EPE-EFE)
@marianna_hewitt has become one of the most influential content creators in the beauty space, with almost 800,000 Instagram followers and a newly launched skin care line called @SummerFridays. Today, she was awarded Influencer of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📸: @sophiachabbott )
As shopping behaviors evolve, the retail experience must follow. Head over to retail experts @colliersinternational’s Knowledge Leader series to read more about the shift in our shopping era. #colliersretail #lovecolliers
@prada opened a pop-up club, called Prada Double Club, in collaboration with German artist Cartsen Höller at @artbasel Miami. Last night, guests – including @youngparis, @ritaora and even Miuccia Prada herself – gathered in a former ice factory where the pop-up is housed for a performance from @wyclefjean. Go to WWD.com for full coverage on all the exhibits, parties and more at #ArtBaselMiami. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@louboutinworld and @disney are making magic once again, creating a set of shoe designs for the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Louboutin designed a pair of shoes for each of the film’s four female leads: Rey (@daisyridrey), Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (@lauradern), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and Rose Tico (@kellymarietran). The shoes will debut on Saturday at the L.A. premiere of the latest episode. #wwdfashion
Today at the #BeautyIncAwards 2017, WWD will be joined by beauty leaders from around the world as we honor this year's most innovative people, products, brands and places. Follow along here and on Twitter for live coverage from the exclusive event. #wwdsummits (📷: @elizaflorendo)
Exclusive: Beauty superinfluencer @marianna_hewitt is launching her first-ever skin care brand with her business partner @laurengores. Their new line Summer Fridays, which will be sold exclusively at summerfridays.com starting in January, is launching with just one product – a hydrating cream Jet Lag Mask. “We wanted to focus on one product that was amazing,” said Hewitt. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Michelin star-rated chef PJ Calapa marks his first solo endeavor with today’s opening of @scampinyc –– the new Southern Italian restaurant located in Manhattans’ Flatiron District. The upscale yet welcoming environment matches the menu, which includes two types of scampi: traditional Italian langoustines in butter and the Americanized version with shrimp over pasta 🍤 - pictured here. #wwdeye (📷: George Chinsee)