Diane Neal, who joined kitchenware retailer Sur La Table as chief executive officer in October, will relinquish her position as a director of Abercrombie & Fitch Co.Because of her new post and what Abercrombie called “limitations on board positions as a result of those responsibilities,” she will not stand for reelection to the board. Neal will serve out the remainder of her term, which expires prior to the 2015 annual meeting, expected to be held in June, but the board expects to reduce its size to 10 members from 11 at its next meeting.Neal’s upcoming departure was disclosed in a Form 8-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.The former president and chief executive officer of L Brands Inc.’s Bath & Body Works unit, Neal was one of four directors added to the board last year, following a settlement agreement with activist investor Engaged Capital as it sought a fresh perspective within the company’s boardroom. The others were Bonnie Brooks, Sarah Gallagher and Stephanie Shern. Michael Jeffries was ousted as the company’s ceo in December.Before joining Bath & Body Works, Neal was with Gap Inc., where she served as president of its outlet division, and Target Corp., where she served in posts with Dayton’s Department Stores, now part of Macy’s Inc.; Mervyns, which was sold to an investment group in 2004 and went bankrupt in 2008, and the Target Stores unit.In addition to New Albany, Ohio-based Abercrombie, she’s also served as a director of Fossil Group Inc. and two private companies, Giggle, a retail chain for babies and infants, and Soft Surroundings, a retailer of women’s apparel.
From overseeing America’s fastest-growing speciality retailers to codifying cool, WWD talked to the women who are leading the way for the future of beauty. Check out our Instagram Stories to see how these women built today and are creating tomorrow. (📸: @hannah_khymych) #wwdbeauty
For @laperlalingerie's spring 2018 show, the brand chose to host their event at @thevenetianmacao. With Chinese megastars @bingbing_fan and @hubing in attendance, La Perla debuted a rock ‘n’ roll-inspired collection. The show marked the start of Sands Macao Fashion Week, which runs from October 19 to 24 — the city’s first such event. Pictured here are models backstage with glimmering eyes. #wwdfashion (📷: Cheuk-Yin To)
Trending for spring 2018: top stitch design. Gone are the days of stitch just for seams — designers are using the once-minimal detail to create strong decorative elements. (📷: Paola Testa; Styled by @andrew_shang) #wwdfashion
@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)