- MyShape Picks Three Execs: Online retailer MyShape Monday appointed three new executives. Mercedes De Luca, formerly vice president of global information technology for Yahoo, will be global customer experience officer and chief information officer; Linda Freedman will be chief marketing officer, and Helena Paulin was appointed as vice president of marketing. The one-year-old boutique matches customers' shapes to merchandise to reduce returns. Its return rate is under 15 percent, versus 25 to 40 percent for apparel, said founder Louise Wannier. In July, the company received a second round of funding from blue chip firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson, for a total of $10 million to date.
-GOTTA GO FROM MO'S: Robert Stevenish, president and chief operating officer of Modell's Sporting Goods, will retire Feb. 1. At that time, chief executive officer Mitchell Modell will add the role of president to his title, overseeing the merchandising responsibilities that are currently handled by Stevenish. "Our company has grown tremendously under Bob's leadership and involvement," said Modell. "His tireless dedication and unique understanding of the business certainly has made a lasting impression throughout the company and industry as well." Prior to joining Modell's five years ago, Stevenish served as ceo of Trilegiant Corp., a marketing firm, and before that worked for Montgomery Ward, Hills Department Stores, J.C. Penney and Fedco.
-TOBE TURNS 80: Tobe celebrated its 80th anniversary with about 350 guests, including a Who's Who of retailers — in other words, the retail consulting firm's exhaustive roster of clients. From Macy's there was Linda Lee, Nicole Fischelis and Stuart Goldblatt — plus Stephanie Solomon from Bloomingdale's. From Dillard's, there was David Terry, Drew Corbusier, Mark Killingsworth and Julie Taylor. Then there was Mark Mendelson from Ann Taylor, David Hacker from Kohl's, Arlene Goldstein from Belk, Linda Hitz from Lord & Taylor, Marcia Wilson from Duffy's and Nancy Alderman from Stein Mart. But retailers did not monopolize the space, and other industry fans, including Fern Mallis, Gilbert Harrison, Heresh Therani and Tracey Reese, also feted the octogenarian. The Doneger Group, which bought the institution in 2005, hosted the party in Tobe's offices Tuesday night, with Doneger president Abbey Doneger and Tobe president Kathy Deane holding court.
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)
Breaking News: @hedislimane joins @celine as its new artistic, creative and image director. One of fashion’s preeminent image-makers and trendsetters, Slimane is to join the LVMH brand on Feb. 1 and unveil his first fashion proposition for men and women next September during Paris Fashion Week. It marks a major homecoming for Slimane, who cemented his reputation – and influenced men’s tailoring for more than a decade – as the designer of Dior Homme between 2000 and 2007. He went on to reinvent and ignite the house of Yves Saint Laurent, which he rechristened Saint Laurent, between 2012 and 2016 – all the while maintaining a close relationship with the Arnault family, which controls LVMH and Dior. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
“Personally I believe the Eighties have been the richest and more vivacious period for international fashion,” Giorgio Armani said when asked what his favorite decade of fashion is. It was a moment of disruption and experimentation and only thinking back to the first years of that decade is always an emotion for me, for what they have meant to me and my work.” The influence is clear in @giorgioarmani spring 2018 collection, pictured here, which was full of bright colors and unexpected prints. Read more about which decades designers loved most on WWD.com #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
For Lady Gaga’s only Italian show on her “Joanne World Tour,” the singer wore a range of @versace_official outfits. The standout piece: this custom-made bodysuit inspired by the brand’s spring 2018 collection. #wwdfashion (RG: @ladygaga)
@_camillaruth_ is expanding on the wellness-craze concept with @westbourne – a new NYC restaurant that’s both a healthy-minded café as well as a business that gives back to the community. Marcus works with the Robin Hood foundation to give back to The Door, a non-profit providing youth development services, and also hires employees through The Door. Read our full interview with Marcus on giving back through food on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)