Advanstar Fashion Group has tapped Tommy Fazio as president of its Project and Menswear shows, which encompasses S.L.A.T.E., Street and Mens/Wear. Fazio, who is exiting his role as men's trend director at Nordstrom Inc. to take the new position, will report to Tom Florio, chief executive officer of Advanstar Fashion Group, a division of Advanstar Communications Inc.
Fazio will depart Nordstrom on Oct. 25 and his first day at Project and the Menswear shows will be Oct. 29. He will relocate from Seattle to be based out of Advanstar's New York office.
"It's such an exciting time in men's wear right now," said Fazio. "American designers need the support of an organization like ours to unify the market and outreach on their behalf. The opportunity to do so with Tom Florio is an extraordinary one."
"There has never been a better time for men's fashion in America," said Florio. "However, America does not have a place on the world's stage, as Milan, Paris and London do, to showcase our men's designers. With Tommy on board, we hope to create partnerships that reestablish men's fashion week in New York and continue to create new business opportunities for our community of retailers and brands at Project."
Fazio joined Nordstrom last September, prior to which he was president of Simon Spurr and men's fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman and later Neiman Marcus Group. Earlierin his career, he held sales positions at Hickey Freeman and Calvin Klein.
Nordstrom plans to name a new men's trend director. "We're grateful for Tommy's many contributions to our men's wear business. He did a great job and we wish him much success in his new role," said David Witman, general merchandise manager for men's wear at Nordstrom.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion