GOLDEN RECAP: Golden Sun Inc., which markets La Bella hair care products, has completed a recapitalization with Parallel Investment Partners, a Dallas-based private equity firm. Golden Sun founder Al Rodriguez will continue to head the 31-year-old company, which develops branded personal care items like shampoos, conditioners and skin and bath care products. The recapitalization is expected to help Golden Sun implement growth strategies. The Sage Group acted as financial advisor to Golden Sun during the transaction.
ARBUCKLE NAMED DEAN: Joanne Arbuckle has been appointed dean of the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She has held that post as acting dean since 2005. In her permanent placement, Arbuckle oversees the 18 academic departments that make up the School of Art and Design. There are about 4,000 students taught by 79 full-time and 437 adjunct faculty members. Arbuckle reports to FIT president Joyce Brown and provides leadership for the design, implementation and assessment of the art and design curricula. Arbuckle has worked with FIT students for more than 20 years. As acting dean, she played a key role in the development and implementation of FIT's strategic plan and lead the School of Art and Design in curriculum revisions that support the plan.
SHOW IN JEOPARDY: The annual Retail Systems trade show, as it was known to retail and technology executives before its rebranding last year, may not return in 2008, WWD has learned. Event organizers Retail Systems Alert Group of Newton Upper Falls, Mass., ceased operations Friday, raising questions about the future of the 17-year-old show, which drew 4,500 attendees at its peak in 2000. In 2006, attendance dropped to 2,800. Brian Kilcourse, the president and chief executive officer of RSAG who resigned Thursday, said the company had been successfully building its research practice "but the financial gap created by the demise of the trade show proved to be too great. We just ran out of runway," he said. This year, the conference and exhibition was renamed ERI eXchange and moved from its traditional Chicago venue to Boston. Over the years, the event featured prominent retail speakers such as Kevin Turner, who was chief information officer of Wal-Mart before he became chief operating officer of Microsoft. RSAG founder and chairman Tom Friedman was unavailable for comment.
“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)