Expanding a designer brand, moving into new product categories and coping with the whirlwinds buffeting the worlds of fashion and retail were just a few of the constant themes at the Ninth Annual WWD/CEO Summit. Held Nov. 2-4 at the Ritz-Carlton Battery Park Hotel in New York, the conference drew more than 200 senior executives from the worlds of retail, design, finance and manufacturing.
Here, and in the following section, salient thoughts from the speakers.
"There is no compromise. It might sound strange, but there is no compromise." — Nicolas Ghesquière
"I think this is a revolution for our company and for our family." — Matteo Marzotto, Valentino Fashion Group
"There's no question that change is challenging, change is scary and change is hard to effect….But change is also exciting, entertaining and creative, and let's face it, like it or not, inevitable!" — Vera Wang
"You have to decide what you want to be. You just go do it and execute it well. And be as consistent as you can. Having said that, you have to be savvy enough to recognize what is going on around you." — Myron Ullman 3rd, J.C. Penney Co. Inc.
"For brands to thrive, and business to thrive and continue to thrive in today's challenging marketplace and environment, they have to embrace change and embed it into their culture, and perceive change as a competitive advantage, not as a distraction." — Mindy Grossman, Nike Inc.
"I have to say that some days it does feel like we're herding cats. It takes a lot of energy…but we believe if you really want to harness the energy in the organization, you've got to allow it to be free." — Terri Kelly, W.L. Gore & Associates
"You have to change. You have to take risks." — Gregory J. Scott, Bebe Stores Inc.
"You have to make sure there is a personality behind your brand. We try to give information on how to put it together." — David Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren"It's constant, sensible revolution, not revolution for revolution's sake." — Claudio Del Vecchio, Retail Brand Alliance
"If you don't have the clarity of where you are going, you have no idea of how to get there. The clarity has to be crystal clear and simple." — Robert Polet, Gucci Group
"Frankly, none of you make anything that is irreplaceable. What you have to become is irresistible." — Kevin Roberts, Saatchi & Saatchi
"You have to ask yourself the hard question: Are each of my people in the best job for them to make the biggest contribution? It may require painful and difficult transitions, but make them. It's worth it, and everybody wins in the end." — Eric Wiseman, VF Corp.
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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye