The Bailey Group, the Los Angeles-based parent company of contemporary label Bailey44 and Millennial line Ali & Jay, is making major advancements in the digital and direct-to-consumer space and adding several new executives.Peggi Jewell has been appointed president of the group, overseeing day-to-day operations. Jewell held prior executive roles at VF Corp., Kellwood, Lucky Brand, Liz Claiborne and J. Crew."Bailey 44 and Ali & Jay are two uniquely different brands, but with a common theme of positively celebrating women. I see them as strong brands that are still somewhat of a secret to the legions of women that want clothing that is fashionable, accessible and of great quality," said Jewell. "The team at Bailey has done an incredible job of poising both brands for success this past year, and I look forward to helping them further realize that potential."Roshanna Sabaratnam joins the company in the new role of chief digital and marketing officer. Prior to joining Bailey, Sabaratnam held senior executive roles at J Brand, Gilt and Yahoo."Few brands are taking a proactive approach to building a direct-to-consumer relationship. It is refreshing to be part of a company which takes that approach and is committed to a digital, customer-first point of view. Combining that approach with a message of the positive celebration of women makes this a rare and exciting opportunity," she said.Christopher Tate, Bailey's chief executive officer, said, “The company has spent the last several years pivoting its business from a single-branded domestic wholesale company into a multi-branded, multi-channel company. Our industry is changing rapidly and we had to quickly evolve. We are very pleased with the results we have accomplished and the paths for growth that have been established. The addition of Peggi and Roshanna to the company will help enhance a strong leadership team and continue to enable the brands to grow quickly and profitably.”Bailey's 2017 revenues are up 19 percent versus the year prior and the company is showing 212 percent profit growth for the same period. The brand has also accelerated its success in the digital space, with a 67 percent increase in digital channel revenues year-over-year for both wholesale and direct-to-consumer. Projections for 2018 are another 25 to 30 percent in revenue growth, and over 100 percent growth in profit.
@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)
Breaking News: @hedislimane joins @celine as its new artistic, creative and image director. One of fashion’s preeminent image-makers and trendsetters, Slimane is to join the LVMH brand on Feb. 1 and unveil his first fashion proposition for men and women next September during Paris Fashion Week. It marks a major homecoming for Slimane, who cemented his reputation – and influenced men’s tailoring for more than a decade – as the designer of Dior Homme between 2000 and 2007. He went on to reinvent and ignite the house of Yves Saint Laurent, which he rechristened Saint Laurent, between 2012 and 2016 – all the while maintaining a close relationship with the Arnault family, which controls LVMH and Dior. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
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For Lady Gaga’s only Italian show on her “Joanne World Tour,” the singer wore a range of @versace_official outfits. The standout piece: this custom-made bodysuit inspired by the brand’s spring 2018 collection. #wwdfashion (RG: @ladygaga)
@_camillaruth_ is expanding on the wellness-craze concept with @westbourne – a new NYC restaurant that’s both a healthy-minded café as well as a business that gives back to the community. Marcus works with the Robin Hood foundation to give back to The Door, a non-profit providing youth development services, and also hires employees through The Door. Read our full interview with Marcus on giving back through food on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)