Andrea Hyde, chief executive officer of Reese Witherspoon's lifestyle brand Draper James, is exiting the company for personal reasons and will be succeeded as interim ceo by Taylor Rettig, who has been an investor and adviser at the company since its inception.“It has been an honor and pleasure to build this brand with Reese and the amazing team at Draper James. I leave knowing the company is poised to break through and be one of the great success stories. I could not be prouder of what we have accomplished," Hyde told WWD in a statement.Witherspoon added, “Andrea has been pivotal in bringing this brand to life. She took an idea on paper and created a full-fledged lifestyle brand with four bricks-and-mortar stores, a robust online store and a stellar team. I am deeply grateful for her hard work, her vision and her professionalism. While she will be deeply missed, I feel confident that Taylor Rettig is the right person to lead Draper James during this transition to a new ceo.”It remains to be seen whether Rettig will become the permanent ceo, but he has over a decade of consumer and retail investing and operating experience under his belt, having focused on multichannel apparel and accessories brands before Draper James. Rettig led investment in Alex + Ani in 2012, then joined the company full-time in 2013 as chief strategy officer, where he guided growth from $45 million to $300 million-plus in annual revenue in two years. The company was valued at $1 billion at exit.He is also a board member and adviser at Greats, the digitally native Brooklyn-based sneaker brand, and led investment in J. McLaughlin, which he helped grow from a regional brand with 30 stores to a national presence with 100-plus stores and revenue approaching $100 million at exit.
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)