- BERGLASS APPOINTMENTS: Berglass + Associates has promoted Matthew Berglass to president and Cynthia Aherne to executive vice president. They were both senior associates. Also, Jeannie Amos was promoted to vice president from associate. An executive committee has been formed to work on strategic, operational and executional issues. It includes Aherne, Berglass, and his father, Les Berglass, chairman. Berglass + Associates has long specialized in the retail arena, but has expanded into the restaurant, beauty, airlines, Internet, appliances, luxury goods and not-for-profit sectors.
- WHITE TO UNITED: Redcats USA named The Wet Seal Inc. alum Gary White chief executive officer of its United Retail Group plus-size specialty store business. White will stay on at Wet Seal, where he is chief operating officer, until he officially takes charge of United on March 24, working from the company's Rochelle Park, N.J., offices. Raphael Benaroya, who was ceo when Redcats acquired United in the fall and stayed on during the transition, will remain a consultant to Redcats.
- GARAGE SALE: PPR, which owns Gucci Group, on Tuesday said it sold the Polish operations of its Conforama furniture chain to France's Leroy Merlin for 45 million euros, or $66.7 million at current exchange. Conforama generated 24 million euros, or $36.6 million, in sales last year in Poland. PPR recently sold several of its less profitable businesses, including the Printemps department store and Orcanta lingerie chain.
- NYGARD TO CLOSE LAST FACTORY: Nygård Mfg. is closing the last of its sewing plants, a facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on May 16, blaming the decision on a shortage of fabric. About 250 workers will lose their jobs. The company said the fabric needed for its Feathertouch pants is no longer being manufactured in North America and the company is looking for an offshore supplier to produce the style. The strength of the Canadian dollar was also a factor in the company's decision to close the plant. Nygård will continue to employ about 900 people in its Winnipeg design, retail and IT operations. Nygård stores and tailoring shops also will remain open.
"'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