- ROCKPORT HEAD: Adidas AG has appointed Michael Rupp, chief operating officer of Reebok and an Adidas veteran since 1987, as president and chief executive officer of The Rockport Co. Effective Jan. 1, Rupp will be based in Canton, Mass., and will report to Herbert Hainer, ceo and chairman of the board of Adidas AG. Rupp will succeed Rick Paterno, who led the brand for seven years and is leaving at the end of the year to pursue other interests.
- YMA PARTNERS WITH GROMWELL: YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund has partnered with Gromwell Fashion Recruiting, a division of Gromwell LLC. The multiyear alliance will include sponsorship of the YMA Geoffrey Beene Fashion Scholarship Dinner scheduled for Jan. 9 and YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund's Human Resources Conference on Oct. 2, which will bring together human resources representatives from leading industry companies, career placement counselors from participating YMAFSF colleges and universities and senior executives from YMAFSF's governor corps to discuss how to effectively work together to attract young talent to the industry.
- FASTER FASHION: J.C. Penney Co. Inc. is adopting product life-cycle management software from Parametric Technology Corp. to manage its private label business and reduce its time to market, PTC said Tuesday. FlexPLM software will let the retailer's far-flung product development teams and suppliers collaborate more easily by providing one view of product specifications and development. Better coordination between product designers, raw materials suppliers and testing services will help J.C. Penney speed design and manufacturing. "Globalization, fast fashion and the need to reduce time between design concept and delivery to consumer are three drivers leading players in the retail, footwear and apparel industry to implement PLM solutions," said Kathleen Mitford, vice president of vertical market strategy for PTC.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
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