In Brief: Adidas Olympic Sponsorship … Trimming Down … No Gaps …
ADIDAS OLYMPIC SPONSORSHIP: Adidas Salomon-AG has won sponsorship rights for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Under the agreement with the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games, Adidas will supply sportswear for all the Beijing...
ADIDAS OLYMPIC SPONSORSHIP: Adidas Salomon-AG has won sponsorship rights for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Under the agreement with the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games, Adidas will supply sportswear for all the Beijing staff, volunteer and technical officials for the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games. Adidas will also outfit the Chinese team in the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy, as well as in 2008, the firm said Monday. Adidas has been steadily building its presence in China and said it expects to generate more than 1 billion euros, or $1.3 billion at current exchange, in sales in China by 2010. Adidas was also a sponsor of the Athens Olympics last summer.
TRIMMING DOWN: KarstadtQuelle, the troubled German department store and catalogue group, has sold a large part of its logistics operation to Deutsche Post. As of April 1, Deutsche Post World Net, with its subsidiary DHL, will take over much of the KarstadtQuelle’s logistics operations, including all staff, KarstadtQuelle said. The operations employ 2,650 staff and the sector generates an annual sales volume of 260 million euros, or about $338 million. DHL Solutions will take over distribution logistics for Karstadt Warenhaus AG, the group’s department store division. Likewise, it will run logistics operations for the Quelle and Neckermann catalogues. KarstadtQuelle is in the midst of a massive $1.7 billion restructuring plan, which slated the sale of its logistics centers, among other real estate holdings and operations.
NO GAPS: Sarah Jessica Parker has signed on for her third stint modeling in Gap’s new spring marketing campaign. Starting in mid-February, the ad mix will consist of television, direct mail, online and in-store elements. Print ads will hit the March issues of Vanity Fair, Vogue, Elle, Lucky and In Style. New York-based Laird + Partners developed the campaign. Creative details are still under wraps.
GANT’S NEW GAL: Sandra Jordan has signed up at Gant USA Corp. as vice president of sales for the Gant Women Collection. The preppy brand, which introduced the women’s line to the U.S. at its Fifth Avenue flagship in New York in the fall, is planning a wider rollout for this coming autumn. Jordan, 40, reports to president and chief executive Ari Hoffman and will oversee the line’s sales and marketing in the U.S. She was most recently a senior account manager at Paul Davril Inc.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)