- AGASSI SUES TARGET: Former tennis star Andre Agassi's firm, Agassi Enterprises Inc., has filed a lawsuit against Target Corp. in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, alleging mark infringement and unfair competition. Agassi Enterprises said that the retailer, without authorization, used marks on sandals that contained the "name, image, likeness and other attributes" associated with its namesake. Agassi Enterprises, which has the right to use and sublicense the Agassi marks, is seeking preliminary and permanent injunctions, an accounting of profits and unspecified damages. "Target has made every effort to rebrand the merchandise in our stores and on Target.com.,'' a spokeswoman said. "We will continue to work...to rectify the situation.''
- BEVERLY HILLS DEAL: Two Rodeo, the 129,000-square-foot luxury shopping center in Beverly Hills, home to Jimmy Choo, Versace, Tiffany & Co. and Cole Haan stores, has been sold for more than $275 million to Sloane Capital, a real estate consortium in Ireland. Rodeo Owner Corp., a family trust, had owned the center, located at Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard, since 2000. Two Rodeo was built by San Francisco developer Douglas Stitzel in the Nineties as a European-style open-air retail thoroughfare.
- WEB APPOINTMENT: Luxury e-tailer Net-a-porter.com has appointed Alison Loehnis as vice president of sales and marketing, a new role at the company. She will report to company founder Natalie Massanet. Previously, Loehnis was global sales and marketing director for shirtmaker Thomas Pink. In her new position, she will oversee sales and marketing and be responsible for the sales growth of Net-a-porter in existing and new markets. At Pink, Loehnis led strategic brand marketing, including advertising, partnerships, public relations, visual merchandising and customer service. Net-a-porter has no plans to expand into men's wear, Loehnis said.
- CEO NAMED: I.C. Isaacs & Co. Inc. said last week that interim chief executive officer Robert S. Stec agreed to take the post on a noninterim basis by entering into a long-term employment agreement. He has served as interim ceo for five months. The company also said in a statement that it reached an agreement in principle "for a three-year extension of its Girbaud license through 2014 for both men's and women's product. The company believes that this is a key development in its ongoing effort to affect a turnaround of the company and its financial performance."
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)