INVISTA DEPARTURE: Bill Ghitis, president of Invista's apparel business, has left the company. Invista, which manufactures and markets the Lycra stretch fiber, said in a statement that Ghitis "decided to retire and has resigned." A replacement has not been named. Ghitis, 59, was president of Invista's apparel segment when DuPont sold Invista to Koch Industries Inc. in 2004 and continued in that position after the change in ownership. He had held several posts at DuPont prior to becoming president of its global apparel unit in 2001, including vice president of new business development for DuPont Lycra and global director in the staple, fiberfill and branded specialties areas for DuPont Dacron.
LIBERTY'S NEW LIFE: There are changes afoot at Liberty, the iconic London store famous for its fashion, fabrics and Arts and Crafts furniture. Its chief executive officer, Iain Renwick, who put Liberty's finances back on track, has left. Industry sources said that Liberty is expected to name Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye, currently president of Christian Lacroix, as its new ceo. Meanwhile, a Liberty spokesman confirmed that Renwick's plans to promote the new Liberty of London in-house accessories brand will move forward. As reported, Liberty has unveiled a line of high-end silk and leather accessories, jewelry, beach wear and items for the home under the Liberty of London label. The first Liberty of London stand-alone store will open in central London in the autumn, and a total of 100 Liberty of London outlets are set to open over the next five years. The first U.S. Liberty of London store is set for 2009.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion