The Lead’s inaugural networking breakfast drew nearly 80 executives from all facets of the fashion industry including retail, design, technology and venture capital firms for an inside peek at just how Walmart’s Store No. 8 works.The retail behemoth created Store No. 8 — named for the store that Walmart founder Sam Walton used as an experimental laboratory — one year ago as an incubator for new businesses that can transform the retail landscape. Store No. 8 is operated as a separate company but is wholly owned by Walmart.In a presentation, Katie Finnegan, principal and founder of Store No. 8 and vice president of incubation for Walmart, said her company is seeking to create or acquire businesses that will be viable within a few years and have a “path to scale” that can one day help Walmart enhance the shopping experience.She said Store No. 8 believes virtual reality is one of those ideas as consumers shop more and more from home and are increasingly seeking an “immersive” experience. “And VR is a great medium for those things,” she said.That led Store No. 8 to buy Spatialand, a Venice, Calif.-based virtual reality firm last month. This joins Code Eight, a firm headed by Rent the Runway cofounder Jenny Fleiss, and a group of hardware and software developers operating under the moniker of Project Franklin.Once the businesses are brought under the Store No. 8 wing, they are provided with the back-end support they need to allow the founders to concentrate on building their brands.Finnegan said most of the businesses will not be viable for five or so years, but Store No. 8 has the patience — and the funding — to wait in hopes that the ideas will eventually pay off.The Lead was founded by designer Timo Weiland and technology entrepreneur Noah Gellman to bridge the gap between Silicon Valley venture-capital-based start-ups and fashion industry firms. Among those attending the breakfast were representatives from Dillard’s, The Gap, Facebook, Snapchat and Samsung as well as Cynthia Rowley, Steven Alan and others from the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
La Double J made a name for itself with its vintage-inspired prints, but for resort, designer JJ Martin has ventured into new territory: enter rich jewel toned solids and decadent embellishment, in the form of appliqués, crystals and sequins. #wwdfashion #resort19 #ladoublej
This Just In: J. Crew Group has named Johanna Uurasjarvi as its chief design officer.
Uurasjarvi succeeds Somsack Sikhounmuong, who left the company last September. Tap the link in bio for the full report. #wwdnews
“She came into my hotel room and she was like, ‘I have Chanel and Christian Dior.’ She was like, ‘Chanel likes you.’ And I was like, ‘I’m going to start crying,’” breakout star Maddie Hasson tells WWD of her styling sessions Molly Dickson. “I really like classic, elegant things. I love the way Anna Wintour dresses.” Read more about Hasson’s role in @impulseseries on wwd.com. (📸: @jgreenery ) #wwdeye
@virgilabloh revealed he's working with Australian stylist and
Vogue Australia fashion director @christinecentenera for his debut @louisvuitton men's collection, which will be presented in Paris on June 21. Centenera met Abloh while both working with Kanye West, where she consulted on his all his runway collections since his debut spring 2012 women's wear show. Read the full story on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews (📷: @asussmanphoto)
"In order for Shudu to wear garments, she needs to be able to put them on, just like you would in the real world. You have to digitize the outfits," said Cameron-James Wilson on dressing 3-D model @shudu.gram for her WWD photoshoot with @itsclo3d. #wwdfashion (📸: @cjw.photo)
“Shudu is a digital supermodel, a very glamour and amazing woman. But she’s 3-D,” says Cameron-James Wilson, a fashion photographer and the creature of @shudu.gram. Here, Shudu wears @cushnieetochs for her debut fashion editorial. #wwdfashion (📷: @cjw.photo)
“It is the fierce female performances that came before me that made be able to clearly identify for myself what it was that I wanted to do, what kind of artist I wanted to be, what kind of films I wanted to make,” said @brielarson at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards. See more pictures from the event on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: Matt Baron)