- MEDAL CONTENDER: Valérie Hermann is making room on her mantelpiece for yet another accolade. The Yves Saint Laurent boss jetted to Courchevel, the French Alps ski resort, last weekend for the annual Les Femmes en Or (Women in Gold) gala where she picked up a trophy for her achievements in business. In July, she received a chevalier medal, one of France's highest honors. - YARN PRODUCTION GAINS: Global yarn production rose 1.7 percent in the second quarter of 2007, because of higher output in North America, Europe and Asia, according to a report from the International Textile Manufacturers Federation. The Zurich-based ITMF, an umbrella group for national textile associations in more than 30 major textile nations, said production increased 10.2 percent in North America, 2.7 percent in Europe and 0.9 percent in Asia, but declined 4.6 percent in South America. In the same period, global fabric production posted an increase of 2.6 percent, with Europe, Asia and South America registering increases of 0.1 percent, 1.9 percent and 11.4 percent, respectively. Output in North America fell 1.3 percent, the ITMF noted. Global yarn stock levels were up 2.4 percent and reached the highest level in the past three years, while world fabric inventories advanced in the second quarter 0.2 percent.
- KATHRYN CONOVER HIRE: Dress label Kathryn Conover has tapped Tony Brown as vice president of sales and creative director. Most recently national sales manager for Max & Cleo, Brown has worked in sales for Ralph Lauren, Sean John, Laundry, Donna Ricco and Gillian. Based in New York, Brown reports to Marty Pitiger, president of the Ronni Nicole Group, Kathryn Conover's parent company.
- STYLE GRAB: The first fashion social networking site, StyleDiary of Los Angeles, has been acquired by social shopping and book marketing site Stylehive of San Francisco for an undisclosed amount of cash and stock. The sites will continue to develop separately and make use of each other's features. StyleDiary founder Patricia Handschiegel will join Stylehive as its West Coast bureau chief, working on a mix of fashion content and community development. StyleDiary co-owner and chief technology officer Will Kapke will support the site through the transition but will not stay. StyleDiary lets users from around the world post profiles and photos of their outfits every day. Stylehive allows users to bookmark stylish objects they see online and share them with friends.
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @@Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.
@beyonce chose a custom gown by @falgunishanepeacockindia for mother @mstinalawson 's second annual Wearable Art Gala last night. The gown, which took 10 days to make, was inspired by Nubian warrior queen Amanishakheto. Reporting by @hernameislex . #wwdeye 👑 🐝#beyonce
After dressing @justintimberlake for his Super Bowl halftime performance last month, @stellamccartney has designed the star’s "Man of the Woods" tour wardrobe. Timberlake will be wearing a mix of pieces from McCartney’s fall men's collection as well as custom designs and items from his own closet. #wwdfashion