- COLDWATER'S NEW CEO: Daniel Griesemer, president and chief operating officer of Coldwater Creek Inc., will become the company's chief executive officer on Oct. 30, and retain the role of president. He succeeds Dennis Pence, co-founder, chairman and ceo, who will retire as ceo at the end of this month but remain chairman. Griesemer will also serve on the company's board. "I have had the extraordinary privilege to cofound and lead Coldwater Creek for 23 years, and I leave with complete confidence in our company's future," Pence said in a statement. He added that Griesemer "has a deep understanding of this business and a clear vision of [its] future growth potential." Griesemer joined Coldwater Creek in October 2001 and was promoted to president and chief operating officer in March 2007. Earlier, he held positions at Gap Inc. and Federated Department Stores Inc.
- KENNETH COLE'S NEW JEWELRY: Kenneth Cole Productions Inc. has entered into a licensing agreement with Haskell Jewels LLC to produce the Kenneth Cole New York jewelry collection, which will consist of a full range of costume jewelry including cocktail rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Previously held by Liz Claiborne Inc., the license with Haskell will begin with the spring season.
- PRADA TAPS BLAKE: Prada SpA said it has appointed former Gucci Group and Burberry executive Brian Blake as chief operating officer in a newly created role, confirming a Monday report in these columns. Blake will oversee the retail and wholesale businesses for the Prada, Miu Miu and Car Shoe brands. Blake, 51, spent 17 years at Gucci until 2004, when he became the worldwide president and chief operating officer of Burberry Group plc. He left the British company the following year due to family reasons. "I am happy to announce Brian Blake's appointment. With him, we are now further reinforcing our management team," Prada chief executive Patrizio Bertelli said in a statement. Prada has not fully committed itself to going public, but a stronger and diversified management team could facilitate an eventual IPO process and woo investors.
@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)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews