Brands are looking beyond Facebook, Twitter and blogs to new emerging platforms. There is no lack of sites and applications to try, from the controversial Chatroulette to Foursquare to Foodspotting. While the variety of collaborations and novelties is seemingly endless, partnerships with various types of fashion social networks such as Polyvore, Chictopia and Lookbook are among the most popular. Many of the newest ideas mix Web, mobile and local. This week also brought several entrants into the e-commerce game, including contemporary label Milly. Alberta Ferretti will be adding a personal touch to her first online store: She will provide styling advice to the site’s most loyal customers.
“I’m scared to death about the future of men’s specialty retailing.” Those are the words of Hill Stockton, the third-generation owner of Norman Stockton Inc., one of the country’s premier men’s specialty stores. The Winston-Salem, N.C.-based retailer, which has been in business for 101 years, will be closing its doors on Saturday. Buy-one-get-one-free promotions at chain stores like Jos. A. Bank and Men’s Wearhouse and the trend toward casual dress have eroded the smaller players in the men’s wear business. Other independent stores are hurting as well: Chicago’s influential boutique Jake, which carries men’s and women’s wear, has filed for bankruptcy and will close soon. Chicago-based Ultimo closed in January and local designer Maria Pinto abandoned her retail and wholesale operations this month.
Tom Ford women’s wear is getting closer to reality. According to sources, Ford is quietly assembling his design team, having recently tapped Caroline Tixier, a women’s ready-to-wear designer at Givenchy, and Pablo Coppola, an accessories designer at Alexander McQueen. Speculation in Europe is mounting that Ford is plotting a fall 2011 launch for his return to women’s wear, but with a presentation rather than a runway blowout. The designer, who gained fame in the Nineties for catapulting Gucci into fashion’s major leagues as its creative director, is said to be mulling an introduction in Milan or NewYork. Sources also said Ford is hammering out deals for launch exclusives with key retail partners. Another upcoming launch for Ford is his line of lipsticks, which will debut in June.
The European Union high court ruled Tuesday that Google Inc.did not violate trademark law by allowing advertisers to buy key wordscorresponding to registered names such as Louis Vuitton. However, the courtsaid advertisers who buy such key words must make clear where the goods theyare selling originate, a partial victory for luxury firms vying to stamp outcounterfeits and protect their brands online. The case concerns Google’sAdWords service, in which companies bid to have “sponsored links” appearalongside Internet search results. It is a key revenue stream for searchgiants. In another old-guard versus new media rivalry, the National RetailFederation and eBay, long at odds over the scope of legislation cracking down onorganized retailcrime, are changing course and forging a strategic alliance togo after the bad guys, e.g. gangs that steal from brick-and-mortar stores andresell the goods in online marketplaces.
Trade will get a bit more attention in Washington now thatthe Obama administration has succeeded in its long battle for health carereform. President Obama strode boldly into the trade arena during his State of theUnion address in January, proclaiming the goal of doubling U.S. exports withinfive years. Such efforts do little to help sourcing executives trying to cuttheir costs on goods made in Asia and South America, but the shout-out to tradehas been seen by the industry and policy wonks as a sign the issue might slowlycome off the Beltway’s back burner. The President also said he will moveforward on a regional Asia-Pacific trade agreement, known as the “Trade PacificPartnership.”.
Japan Fashion Week kicked off in Tokyo with shows that ranged from traditional to avant-garde. At G.V.G.V., the designer, who goes by the name Mug, said David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive" inspired her collection, rife with fringe, fur and leather. Hiroyuki Horihata and Makiko Sekiguchi brought modern and fresh twists to Asian silhouettes at Matohu. And Jeremy Scott held court with his fans at the Adidas flagship in Tokyo on Wednesday night to promote the third season of his collaboration with Adidas Originals. Los Angeles Fashion Week continued this week, with designers like Alternative Apparel showcasing their wares.
"It’s not doing anyone any good to not find a swimsuit in July, and to look at wool sweaters and outerwear in July and August," says Tommy Hilfiger. "It just doesn’t make any sense." Hilfiger shared his views on reforming the fashion seasons in an exclusive interview, during which he also spoke about his belief that the time has come for a pair of shows each season, one for the trade, the other, for consumers. Gucci design director Frida Gianninitalked about live-streaming the brand’s fall show online, and how the Internet is democratizing access to fashion. Patrizio Di Marco, the brand’s chief executive officer, maintained that trade-timed shows will remain essential to the development of trends, and also as occasions "with a clear business imperative." See more on the fashion system here>>
Takashimaya plans to close its New York flagship in June.The Japanese retailer revealed the move Thursday as it said it has scrapped its plans to merge with H2O Retailing Corp., the parent company of Hankyu and Hanshin department stores. Takashimaya said it plans to sell the real estate and dedicate the proceeds to faster-growing markets in Asia. The New York store opened in April 1993 and sells women's and men's apparel, accessories, beauty products, home furnishings, baby products, food and garden products and flowers.
French actress Mélanie Laurent, best known Stateside forher turn in “Inglorious Basterds,” has mostly starred in dramas. So it’sunderstandable she would want to pull a 180 for her theater debut, choosing thelight, romantic comedy “Promenade de Santé.” In the work by Nicolas Bedos,Laurent plays a crazy, young nymphomaniac who imagines herself in a love story.“Amélie” and “Coco Avant Chanel” star Audrey Tautou is taking on the classicrole of Nora in Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House.” French film stars EmilieDequenne and Audrey Dana are also taking on stage roles this spring, whileBritish theater actor Eddie Redmayne is set to make his Broadway debut in “Red.”American TV and film actress Rosemarie DeWitt, best known for her role in Jonathan Demme’s “RachelGetting Married,” has reteamed with the director for the play “Family Week.” “Iremember being so snobby in my 20s, like, ‘I don’t want to do a pilot. Whywould I want to do TV?’ All I wanted to do was theater,” says DeWitt. “Andthen, at some point, you’re like, ‘Well, I need health insurance.’”
As Moises de la Renta launches a capsule collection ofshirts today for retailer Mango, his father may be thinking about his ownbeginnings in the rag trade. With a cheering section packed with socials likeNan Kempner and C.Z. Guest, Oscar de la Renta’s Seventh Avenue debut wasnothing short of stunning. It was June 1965 and de la Renta was the newlyminted designer and vice president of Oscar de la Renta for Jane Derby (thelabel would be changed to Oscar de la Renta following Derby’s death thatAugust). “Just watch Oscar score and soar,” WWD predicted two days before theshow. And they loved what they saw. A skinny camel coat, a cozy gray flannelwith white mink at the neckline and a pale brocade dress shaped close in thefront andbillowing into a smock at the back all got our reporter’s pencilscribbling.
@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