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.
@juicebeauty, where @gwynethpaltrow holds the title of creative director of makeup, has become one of the foremost labels in the organic beauty category –– with sales on track to hit $100 million this year. What’s behind the rapid growth the brand is experiencing right now? It all started in 2005 when the wellness movement was just getting started. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty
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"I want to tell a story that inspires people to feel good about themselves, but also I'm making a commentary about the lack of female stories and female directors and saying this should change," said @imheathergraham on her latest project "Half Magic." The comedy feature, which the actress wrote and directed, is based on her own struggles as a woman in show business. Read @andrewnodell's full interview with Graham on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
@meltcosmetics cofounders @lora_arellano and @danabomar built their brand on a single idea: a true matte lipstick. To set the brand apart, they said they always put their customers first –– including a personalized note in each package. #wwdsummits #wwdbeauty
@moncler unveiled its latest project, #MonclerGenius, yesterday at Milan Fashion Week. The Italian outwear maker gave show-goers a preview of the monthly collections – which were created by eight designers and creative talents including Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha, Craig Green and more – that will start rolling out in the summer.