- 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.
@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