NINE WEST-NEW BALANCE LAUNCH: Nine West Group, a division of Jones Apparel Group Inc., and New Balance are launching a fashion-lifestyle footwear collection, called New Balance for Nine West, combining New Balance’s performance technology with Nine West’s styling for spring 2009. The price range has not been determined, but a spokeswoman for Jones said it would be comparable with Nine West and New Balance’s current offerings. Jones declined to project volume for the line, which will initially sell in a limited distribution to top New Balance and Nine West stores and select specialty stores. Nine West creative director Fred Allard and New Balance creative directors Savania Davies-Keiller and Roberto Crivello will collaborate to design the line. New Balance will handle the innovative material direction and insole technology, while Nine West will be responsible for soft-tech styling and color. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
MOTHERS WORK’S NEW CFO: Mothers Work Inc. promoted Judd Tirnauer to senior vice president and chief financial officer from vice president of finance. He will report to Edward Krell, the company’s chief operating officer, who also served as cfo prior to Tirnauer’s promotion. Tirnauer joined Mothers Work in 2001 as director of financial planning and analysis before being promoted to vice president of those areas in 2003. He’d held his most recent post since 2005. Krell continues to report to Dan Matthias, chairman and chief executive officer, and Rebecca Matthias, president and chief creative officer.
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)