Reese Witherspoon in a dress from her Draper James capsule collection for Net-a-porter.
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.
@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)
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