TAKING ON THE SEC: The former chief merchandising officer for Aéropostale Inc. filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleging it improperly obtained information in a probe related to his firing from the teen retailer. According to media reports, Christopher Finazzo filed the lawsuit late Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. He said in the complaint that the SEC used information it got from privileged communication between him and his lawyer, and a subpoena served on him was therefore improper. Aéropostale fired Finazzo in 2006 and said in a filing with the SEC in November of that year that he was terminated following an investigation. Allegedly, the company said, Finazzo failed to notify it that he had personal ownership interests in one of its largest vendors, which led to a formal investigation by the regulator. Finazzo alleged in court documents that Aéropostale fired him based on an e-mail he received from his attorney about his personal financial interests.
UNION CHARGES: Cintas Corp. said it filed a lawsuit accusing UNITE HERE, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and umbrella organization Change to Win of extortion involving activities related to a six-year nationwide organizing drive targeting the company. Cintas said the labor organizations "carried on a campaign of negative, untrue and unlawful attacks...to extort concessions" so that UNITE HERE and the teamsters would become the official bargaining representatives for employees without their free consent. UNITE HERE said it would "vigorously defend" itself. The teamsters declined to comment because the group had not seen the documents. Change to Win did not respond to requests for comment.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty