- HOUSE OKS FARM BILL: The House passed a $300 billion compromise farm bill on Wednesday that could potentially help retailers and apparel brands save millions of dollars in additional duties, extend benefits to apparel companies making clothing in the Caribbean, expand trade benefits to Haiti and give some financial support to U.S. textile producers using U.S. or imported cotton. The legislation next goes to the Senate for a vote, but it faces a veto threat from President Bush, who has argued that it contains too many subsidies for wealthy farmers. The House vote was 318-106, which is more than the two-thirds needed for an override if the President vetoes the bill.
- POLO DEPARTURE: Eileen Sullivan, a senior vice president of design at the Polo Ralph Lauren Corp., has left the company. Since joining in 1987, Sullivan held various design jobs at Polo, including senior design director in women's design, and vice president of Ralph Lauren Polo Sport. More recently, she was designing children's wear for American Living, the exclusive J.C. Penney brand developed by Polo's Global Brand Concepts division.
- NOT FOR SALE: Escada's major shareholder and Finartis chairman Rustam Aksenenko denied German press reports that he is considering selling his stake in the German fashion house. "We did not negotiate and are not negotiating a sale of our participation in Escada," Aksenenko said in a statement. "We believe in the potential of the brand." Rumors have been circulating of a possible interest in Escada by Tchibo Holding and MaxInvest co-owner Michael Herz, and according to a new report this week, the Indian steel billionaire Lakshmi Mittal via the Swiss bank UBS. While Aksenenko said he welcomed outside interest in the company, he added, "The recent rumors have not been helpful in keeping the company focused on the operations challenges of maintaining and building a world-class brand." Finartis' FCMH Fund LP owns 24.8 percent of Escada, and Aksenenko privately owns an additional 1.4 percent for a total of 26.2 percent.
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