- ESCADA SHARES SEESAW: Escada shares recovered Tuesday after the company denied it was about to issue its second profit warning this year. In April, Escada downwardly revised its fiscal 2007-2008 earnings expectations from low-single-digit growth in consolidated group sales and EBITDA to a high-single-digit decline in consolidated sales and a 25 percent drop in group EBITDA for the year ending Oct. 31. A report in Tuesday's Financial Times Germany asserting that problems in Escada's Primera division might require the company to again lower earning expectations initially sent shares tumbling 8 percent. A spokesman for the German fashion house called the FT report "highly speculative" and said the current prognosis remained valid. By the end of the day's trading, Escada closed up 11 cents, or 0.78 percent at 14.25 euros, $22.06 at current exchange. Escada will release first-half results on June 26.
- TALBOTS' NEW SUPPLY CHAIN POST: Gregory Poole has joined Talbots Inc. in the new position of executive vice president and chief supply chain officer. He is responsible for global manufacturing, sourcing, transportation and distribution centers at both Talbots and J. Jill, and reports to Trudy Sullivan, president and chief executive officer. Poole, former senior vice president and chief procurement officer of AnnTaylor Stores Corp., previously spent more than 13 years with Gap Inc. and has worked at Esprit de Corp. and The North Face.
- KEEPING IT ANONYMOUS: U.S. Customs & Border Patrol launched an online reporting system Tuesday for the public to anonymously report suspected trade violations. The system, called eAllegations, allows users to report things like intellectual property and quota violations. Users must submit information about the type of violation, a description of what happened, the goods involved and the name and company of the parties involved. The system will also allow for reporting misclassifications of merchandise, misleading country of origin markings, health and safety violations and other textile and trade infractions. The site is not intended for reporting security issues like terrorism.
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive
For @simonerocha_‘s fall show, hairstylist @jamespecis created a look inspired by the painter John Constable. Models’ hair was pulled back, tied into knots and topped off with a bow. (📷: @kukukuba) #wwdbeauty #lfw
Queen Elizabeth made a surprise appearance at @richardquinn1's London Fashion Week show to present the designer with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The new award will be handed out annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows exceptional talent, while demonstrating value to the community and sustainable policies. #wwdfashion #lfw (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)