NEW YORK — What does it take to be a successful leader in today’s change-in-a-blink world? That is the focus of the 16th WWD Apparel & Retail CEO Summit at The Plaza hotel here, and the range of speakers had some common answers: a micro-focus on detail, passion about product, not being afraid to break the rules — and a loathing of bureaucracy.
Ron Johnson J.C. Penney’s chairman and ceo has a New Year’s resolution: Penney’s in 2013 will become “a happening place.”
Millard 'Mickey' Drexler As ceo of J. Crew Group and, before that, Gap Inc., Drexler's much-dissected and heralded career has been guided by a deceptively simple retail philosophy.
Kirsten Gillibrand New York's junior Democratic senator has some lofty goals, among them to fill the U.S. Senate with a majority of women.
Andrew Rosen Having grown up on Seventh Avenue, the third-generation industry leader has seen the industry from many vantage points.
Gary Hamel A professor from the London Business School and director at the Management Innovation Exchange, Hamel looks at how business structures are evolving.
Huang Hung The ceo of China Interactive Media Group makes the case that the Chinese middle class is not so different from its American counterpart after all.
Nathalie Remy The McKinsey & Co. principal offered insights on “Navigating the Fashion World, City by City, to Unleash Growth.”
A grooming moment between @tanfrance and @antoni last night at the The LGBT Community Center Trailblazer Awards honoring Anna Wintour, Ricky Martin and more. See more photos at WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“It was a very surreal feeling. It wasn’t like we were in the studio together coming up with it — it’s more like he discovered it and loved it. I didn’t let myself get my hopes up, but then it happened it was very exciting,” said singer-songwriter @nombe on discovering that @pharrell would be using his song, “Cant Catch Me” on his HBO documentary series “Outpost.” The German-born singer — named Noah MacBeth — talked to WWD about feminism, using art as a platform for political expression and personal style. Read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
This season, denim is going west – in influence. Brands like @fathersdaughterla (pictured here), @tommyhilfiger Jeans, @levis and more are opting for raw, top-stitching styles. (Styled by @thealexbadia; 📷: @ryanplett)
20-year-old British singer @jorjasmith_ made her debut at Coachella last weekend. We caught up with her and talked about her love for Amy Winehouse, working with Kendrick Lamar on the “Black Panther” album and her fashion philosophy. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @katiedaisyla)
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)