CONFERENCE ON STYLE: The ninth annual fashion conference, titled "Timeless: The Anatomy of Legendary Style and Icons," will take place today through Saturday at the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts at 1083 Fifth Avenue in New York. Organized by Lisa Koenigsberg, president and founder of Initiatives in Art and Culture, the conference will feature 17 participants, including Ira Neimark, former chairman of Bergdorf Goodman and author; designers Mary McFadden and Thom Browne, and Andrew Bolton, curator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute.
WTO NAMES JUDGES: Jennifer Hillman, a former U.S. chief textile negotiator, was appointed to the World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Body's seven-member appellate court. Hillman, 50, was instrumental during her tenure as chief textile negotiator from 1993 to 1995 and as chief legal counsel to the U.S. Trade Representative from 1995 to 1997 in negotiating a string of bilateral textile accords and in defending challenges by trading partners. Also appointed to the appellate body were Lilia Bautista, a former ambassador of the Philippines; Shotaro Oshima, Japan's former ambassador to the WTO, and Yuejiao Zhang, a professor of law and former director general for treaties at China's ministry of foreign trade and economic cooperation. Hillman's and Bautista's appointments are effective Dec. 11 and Oshima's and Zhang's terms begin June 1.
BON-TON CHANGE: The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. said James M. Zamberlan, executive vice president for stores, will retire at the end of fiscal 2007. The retailer named Barbara Schantz, senior vice president for merchandise planning and Internet marketing, to be Zamberlan's successor. The retailer operates 280 stores in 23 states.
QUIKSILVER MARKETING: Quiksilver Inc. appointed Greg Perlot, a former advertising and branding executive at Microsoft Corp. and Publicis USA, senior vice president of marketing for Quiksilver brands in the Americas regions, a new position. He worked as a consultant with the Huntington Beach, Calif., board sport company for the past three years. Perlot will report to Steve Tully, president of Quiksilver brands in the Americas. Perlot co-founded 72andSunny, a Los Angeles brand strategy, design and advertising agency, and worked with Coca-Cola, Xbox and Discovery Channel, among other brands.
"'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