Attempts to salvage jobs at American Apparel by two Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the workforce development agency did little to stop Monday’s mass layoffs at the company.Letters from supervisors Janice Hahn and Hilda Solis, along with the county’s Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services director Cynthia Banks were sent to bankruptcy court judge Brendan Shannon, and officially docketed Tuesday. The letters, dated a day ahead of the Jan. 12 auction, show three attempts requesting the court create a stipulation that would keep as many of the company’s jobs in Southern California.All three letters, worded similarly, point out the company’s average hourly wage of $18 to $20 for sewers and cutters, along with salaries of between $50,000 and $70,000 on average for administrative and management positions. Hahn’s letter pointed out the reality that “many ‘made-in-the-USA’ jobs are disappearing due to mergers, acquisitions, automation, globalization and cost-cutting, especially jobs in the lower-skilled rung of the economic spectrum, leaving these workers with little to no possibility of finding similar jobs. And so, it would be cruel and coldhearted, dare I say: inhumane, to throw these laid-off workers in the ranks of the chronically unemployed and underemployed.”American Apparel received court approval last week on the $103 million sale of its intellectual property and some of its equipment to T-shirt firm Gildan Activewear Inc. Other, smaller deals include two retail store leases and the sale of the company’s Garden Grove knit and dye house to Broncs Inc. Terms of the Broncs deal were still being worked out at the time of the hearing, but it was estimated the sale could yield at least $200,000 and as much as $250,000.None of the deals included the retention of any jobs — something that had been made clear when the company notified the California Employment Development Department in November that 3,457 jobs were on the line with its pending sale. Gildan Activewear has maintained all along that its interest in American Apparel had always been about the intellectual property and equipment.The approved deals set off a wave of layoffs at the company throughout the day Monday as workers lined up outside of the company’s factory store on the ground floor of its headquarters, beginning in the early-morning hours, to pick up their final checks. The company confirmed that same day it was laying off roughly 2,400 people.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@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)