PARIS — Patricia Malone's challenge as the new president and chief operating officer of Christian Dior Americas is to maintain the division's momentum.
Dior on Wednesday confirmed Malone's appointment, which was first reported in WWD.
"The first quarter has been very good in the U.S.," said Sidney Toledano, Dior's president and chief executive officer, in an interview Wednesday, citing "strong double-digit" growth and particular strength in the leather goods category, led by John Galliano's slouchy new Gaucho bag.
Toledano characterized future potential in the U.S. as "very big," citing growing and "excellent" spending on luxury goods.
Ready-to-wear and accessories are considered key development priorities, and Toledano said Galliano would assume a higher profile in the American market, beginning May 16 when he will present Dior's cruise collection in New York.
Dior already boasts 52 stores in the U.S., of which 22 are freestanding. No major openings are planned for 2006, save for Friday, when a new Dior Homme store is slated to bow at 315 North Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, one door away from the women's boutique.
The former president of Gucci America, who in the course of her eight-year tenure doubled that brand's sales and its network of freestanding stores, Malone starts at Dior on April 26. She succeeds Marla Sabo, who stepped down and has yet to reveal her plans.
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)