- LIZ DEALS CLOSE: Liz Claiborne Inc. has completed its strategic review process, closing the sale of Prana on Friday and, it is expected, Ellen Tracy this morning. Prana Living LLC, a company formed by Prana's management team and Steelpoint Capital Partners, bought substantially all of the assets and liabilities of the active brand for $36.5 million, paying Claiborne $18.1 million in cash and settling a contingent earnout of $18.4 million owed to Prana's founders, who reinvested the money in the buyout. Ellen Tracy's closing was pushed from Monday to this morning, according to sources close to the deal. Radius Partners LLC, Windsong Brands LLC, Barry Sternlicht and Marvin Traub bought the bridge brand for $42.3 million.
- A.S. Watson Appoints CEO in U.K.: A.S. Watson Group — the retail arm of the Hong Kong based conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. — said Monday that it has appointed Jeremy Seigal as chief executive officer of A.S. Watson (U.K.). Seigal replaces Euan Sutherland, who resigned last week. Seigal will be responsible for the management of all A.S. Watson retail operations in the U.K., which include the health and beauty chain Superdrug, the discount drugstore chain Savers and The Perfume Shop. He reports to Dominic Lai, group managing director of A.S. Watson. Seigal was formerly managing director of the The Perfume Shop. He cofounded The Perfume Shop in 1991, and remained with the business after A.S. Watson acquired its parent company, Merchant Retail Group, in 2005.
- REPLAY'S NEW CHIEF: Fashion Box Group SpA, Replay's parent company, confirmed that Gaetano Sallorenzo will become chief executive. Sallorenzo, 50, last week stepped down as president and ceo of ck Calvin Klein Sportswear and ck jeans for Europe and Asia. "Ours is a very creative and dynamic company and we're sure that thanks to his prestigious and international experiences, Sallorenzo will contribute significantly to our growth plans, both in existing and new markets," said Paola Buziol Dametto, Fashion Box's majority shareholder and widow of company founder Claudio Buziol.
@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