BURBERRY COUNTERFEIT ARRESTS: Three luxury goods counterfeiters were arrested in Japan last week for violating the country's trademark laws. According to a statement from Burberry, a representative of the Japanese retailer K.K. Alfa and two others were arrested in Chiba, Japan, following a raid last year when police seized 50,000 pieces of counterfeit Burberry clothes, accessories and leather goods from the retailer's head office, warehouses and shops. The statement, issued last week, said Burberry had worked closely with the Chiba police force in its investigation of K.K. Alfa. "This successful seizure and arrest is excellent news for Burberry and the luxury goods industry," said Stuart Lockyear, the company's director of intellectual property. "Burberry will not tolerate counterfeiting and will always push for the maximum penalty."
GREEN TO HANG ON TO BHS: Topshop owner Sir Philip Green has denied speculation in the London press that he may be mulling a sale of his British Home Stores chain, which offers everything from garden furniture to lingerie to children's clothing. On Wednesday, The Times of London reported that Green was conducting a strategic review of his retail empire, and that he would be focusing increasingly on Topshop. The paper also speculated that, as a result, Green might have to "step back from or sell" the Home Stores chain, which has produced less-than-stellar results over the past two years. In the 2005-'06 fiscal year, profits at Home Stores fell 60 percent to 42.2 million pounds, or $83.3 million. "I'm not selling BHS," Green told WWD.
YMA AND BEENE TEAM: The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund and the Geoffrey Beene Foundation have formed a five-year strategic alliance with Beene's foundation, pledging to contribute $2 million to the fund over that period, in addition to a $1 million contribution last year. Beginning this year, the fund will award four $25,000 Geoffrey Beene National Scholarships to the most outstanding students majoring in fashion and related disciplines. The foundation's contribution also will underwrite a major portion of YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund's annual awards dinner, which now will be known as the YMA Geoffrey Beene Fashion Scholarship Dinner. YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund is a nonprofit organization that supports students interested in the fashion industry with scholarships, mentoring and internship programs. This year, it provided 90 grants totaling $450,000.
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For @laperlalingerie's spring 2018 show, the brand chose to host their event at @thevenetianmacao. With Chinese megastars @bingbing_fan and @hubing in attendance, La Perla debuted a rock ‘n’ roll-inspired collection. The show marked the start of Sands Macao Fashion Week, which runs from October 19 to 24 — the city’s first such event. Pictured here are models backstage with glimmering eyes. #wwdfashion (📷: Cheuk-Yin To)
Trending for spring 2018: top stitch design. Gone are the days of stitch just for seams — designers are using the once-minimal detail to create strong decorative elements. (📷: Paola Testa; Styled by @andrew_shang) #wwdfashion
@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)