- PLEA ON FIRST SALE RULE: A bipartisan group of 17 senators is urging Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to withdraw a proposed rule change that would force U.S. companies to pay millions of dollars in additional duties on the products they import. The U.S. Customs & Border Protection Agency plant has drawn both lawmakers and company executives. The rule allows a firm to determine the value of an imported finished product on its cost at the point of first sale in the supply chain, such as factory to wholesaler. The proposal would peg the final value to the point of importation, generally meaning the actual wholesale price. Since Customs calculates duties based on the value of a product, if the new rule is implemented companies would pay higher duties because the value of the product increases as it moves along the supply chain.
-COSTA HONOR: Francisco Costa, who has been nominated for women's wear designer of the year at the 2008 CFDA Fashion Awards, is set to receive the Philadelphia University Spirit of Design Award on April 30. Costa, creative director of Calvin Klein Collection, will get the award during the university's "Eco Couture" fashion show at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.
-LEVIEV GROWS STORES: Diamond jewelry brand Leviev is opening two stores in Dubai in a partnership with Levant Jewelers. A 2,000-square-foot unit will launch in the Burj Dubai Mall by the end of the year and a 300-square-foot shop within the new Atlantis Hotel Resort in Jumeirah Palm Island is to open in September. Leviev has an in-store shop in Levant Jewelers in the Al-Qasr Hotel in Dubai that launched on March 18. Separately, Leviev has named Harriet Hunter as director of marketing, replacing Celine Assimon. Hunter will be based in Leviev's New York corporate office and report to Thierry Chaunu, president and chief operating officer.
@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