- VERSACE SALES UP: Revenue at Gianni Versace SpA grew 7.7 percent in 2007 to 310.6 million euros, or $425.8 million at average rates of exchange, the company said Sunday. Cash on Versace's balance sheet totaled 4.4 million euros, or $6 million. The firm's plan to focus on business in Asia this year could make the region Versace's second largest market after Europe, replacing the U.S. Men's wear will also be given more attention. -LEJABY SOLD: The Warnaco Group said it inked a deal to sell its Lejaby business to Palmers Textil AG for $65 million. The transaction is for about $47 million in cash and $18 million in an "interest-free note" due in 2013. Warnaco stated that "terms of the transaction include a customary working capital adjustment and the provision of temporary transition services to Palmers Textil AG." Warnaco is looking to close the deal during the current first quarter.
- HAMPSHIRE GETS CREDIT: Apparel maker Hampshire Group Ltd. said that it received a five-year, $125 million senior secured revolving credit facility from a lending group led by HSBC, despite the difficult credit market. The facility replaces a $100 million credit line that would have expired last Friday. The increase has been issued so the company can execute its long-term growth strategy.
- CAVALLI INVESTS: Roberto Cavalli has bought a stake in fancy yarn spinner Lineapiù. Cavalli's slice of the company is 4 percent, the remaining ownership divided between private investors, a pool of banks and the Coppini family — president Giuliano Coppini founded the company 33 years ago. "The amount Cavalli has invested isn't important, it's the fact this famous designer believes in the company and in knitwear — and this will give us a push forward," said Coppini. The Tuscany, Italy-based designer also said he and Lineapiù's other owners have given the spinner a cash injection of 5.5 million euros, or approximately $8 million. Lineapiù forecast consolidated 2007 sales of approximately 90 million euros, or $123.37 million.
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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye