- 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.
From overseeing America’s fastest-growing speciality retailers to codifying cool, WWD talked to the women who are leading the way for the future of beauty. Check out our Instagram Stories to see how these women built today and are creating tomorrow. (📸: @hannah_khymych) #wwdbeauty
For @laperlalingerie's spring 2018 show, the brand chose to host their event at @thevenetianmacao. With Chinese megastars @bingbing_fan and @hubing in attendance, La Perla debuted a rock ‘n’ roll-inspired collection. The show marked the start of Sands Macao Fashion Week, which runs from October 19 to 24 — the city’s first such event. Pictured here are models backstage with glimmering eyes. #wwdfashion (📷: Cheuk-Yin To)
Trending for spring 2018: top stitch design. Gone are the days of stitch just for seams — designers are using the once-minimal detail to create strong decorative elements. (📷: Paola Testa; Styled by @andrew_shang) #wwdfashion
@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)