- PANEL WARNS ON CHINA TRADE: The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a congressional advisory panel, said in a report Thursday that China's trade relationship with the U.S. is "severely out of balance." Among the 42 recommendations: Congress should enact legislation imposing punitive duties on Chinese imports through U.S. trade remedy law; the Bush administration should bring a World Trade Organization case against China for manipulating its currency, and requiring U.S. companies to report to the Commerce Department their receipt of any economic subsidy from China.
- KELLWOOD PROMOTES POWERS: Kellwood Co. has named Stephen F. Powers, president and chief executive officer of the Koret division, as chief customer officer of its Lifestyle Alliance. This is a new position for the new division of the $1.6 billion vendor's mainstream brands that includes Sag Harbor, Koret and Briggs New York. In addition to working with retailers, Powers will be responsible for Koret and Sag Harbor stores. Before joining Kellwood in 2005, Powers served as executive vice president of women's apparel for May Merchandising Corp., and served in various senior management positions in the women's business within May Co. from 1980 to 2003. Based in Oakland, Calif., Powers will report to Patrick J. Burns, group president of the Lifestyle Alliance.
- CHEAP CHIC GAINS: Hennes & Mauritz reported sales in October accelerated 15 percent as the company opened more stores. The Swedish fast-fashion giant said same-store sales in the month gained 3 percent. H&M is banking on a one-off collaboration with Roberto Cavalli, which it launched Nov. 8, to boost sales this month.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty