Wesley Card of The Jones Group Inc., designer Rebecca Minkoff, Saks Inc. and New Balance will be honored at the American Apparel & Footwear Association’s annual American Image Awards on May 16.
The event, to be held aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City, recognizes outstanding achievements in the U.S. apparel and footwear industry. “The honorees of the 35th Annual AAFA American Image Awards represent the exemplary leadership that is required to drive our industry forward,” said AAFA president and chief executive officer Kevin M. Burke.
Card, the ceo of The Jones Group Inc., will be recognized as man of the year. Saks Inc. will receive the retailer of the year award, which will be accepted by chairman and ceo Stephen I. Sadove and chief merchandising officer and president Ron Frasch. New Balance will be honored as brand of the year, and the company’s president and ceo, Rob DeMartini, will accept the award. Rebecca Minkoff will accept the designer of the year award.
Forty percent of the event’s net proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Over the past 10 years, AAFA has donated several million dollars to benefit various charity partners, among them Autism Speaks, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@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)