SEARS JOB CUTS: Sears Holdings Corp. plans on cutting 200 support jobs from its Hoffman Estates, Ill., headquarters, trimming 4 percent of its 5,000-strong workforce there. Last month, the corporate parent to Sears and Kmart said it would break its business into five units to streamline operations. "As we've previously stated, Sears Holdings' results have not been satisfactory and because of that, as part of a continuing process, we are assessing our business priorities, cost structures and organization and, when and where necessary, we will be making adjustments," said a spokesman. "This week, approximately 200 associates from our support center locations were impacted after a review of our organization. We offered those associates severance packages and outplacement services to assist with their transition."
U.S. APPEALS WTO RULING: The U.S. has filed an appeal of a World Trade Organization compliance panel ruling last fall that affirmed Brazil's complaint that the U.S. had failed to fully implement judgments that found American cotton subsidies broke global trade rules. "We believe that the changes made by the United States have brought its programs into full compliance with the WTO's recommendations and rulings in the original cotton case," said a spokeswoman for U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab. Brazilian trade officials have stated that if the U.S. loses the appeal, Brazil would have the right to retaliate for up to $1 billion a year in sanctions until Washington fully complies with the rulings.
IP ENFORCEMENT UP: According to a report released Monday by Chris Israel, U.S. coordinator for International Intellectual Property Enforcement, the Department of Justice reported a 7 percent increase in intellectual property cases in fiscal year 2007. The Department of Justice filed 217 intellectual property cases in 2007 versus 204 in 2006. The number of cases filed increased 30 percent between 2007 and 2005. The number of defendants sentenced for intellectual property crimes increased 35 percent to 287 in fiscal year 2007 from 213 the prior year. The prosecutions in 2007 increased 92 percent from 2005 numbers.
"'Dynasty' is all about gowns, the diamonds and the scandal, so it's a bit like the fashion industry. When we come to Cannes it's all about the red carpet dresses too, so it all fit really well," said designer @philippplein78 on the theme of his high-glamour resort 2019 show at his mansion in Cannes. #wwdfashion #cannes (📷: @zefashioninsider)
"I think Spike is such a brilliant director because he holds up a mirror to society and reflects these issues, yet he doesn't shove it down your throat, he doesn't tell you what to think," says @lauraharrier on her latest film @Blackkklansman. Harrier was at the Cannes Film Festival – for the very first time – with @officialspikelee. #wwdeye #cannes (📷: @zefashioninsider)
“I would think to myself, Are you happy? Yes, I’m wildly happy. I go to this studio every day and, in my inside voices, I’m giggling; I’m singing. Yes, it’s a lot of work, it’s a [huge] volume of material. It wouldn’t be for everybody. But I was very happy,” said soap opera star @therealsusanlucci of checking in throughout the years with her career trajectory. Lucci spoke to WWD about her decades-long career, love for pilates, motherhood and her QVC activewear line. Read Bridget Foley’s full piece on Lucci on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: @celestesloman)
@balmain has taken a stand at the #cannes Film Festival, dressing 16 actresses at a press call for the project “Noire N’est Pas Mon Metier,” or “Black Is Not My Profession.” The multimedia project includes a book, photo exhibit and documentary, which aims to expose discrimination in the French and American entertainment industries. “The moment I was asked to participate, I knew it was right for me, and for this brand, to form a part of this moment,” Balmain creative director @olivier_rousteing told WWD. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
"I always feel curious and I feel like there's more to learn. But I think being relevant, feeling relevant, I personally always feel that there's just so much more to know. And maybe that's the key.” — @themarcjacobs #wwdsummits #wwdbeauty (📷: @patrickmacleodphoto )
“The most amazing thing about her is that, regardless of all the things that have happened to her, her spirit is so undaunted by all of it. She is the most cheerful person you will ever meet. She doesn’t see problems, she only sees solutions,” said @ajanaomi_king of activist Ifrah Ahmed, who she plays in a new film “A Girl from Mogadishu.” WWD caught up with King at Cannes — Head to WWD.com to read more about her new role, personal style and how she uses social media for causes like Time’s Up and Black Lives Matter #wwdeye
WWD asked a number designers to share their thoughts on what Meghan Markle’s wedding gown will look like this Saturday. Here, Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli sketches his look. #wwdfashion #royalwedding #meghanmarkle