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.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion