- GAP'S NEW PARTNER: Gap Europe is set to test in-store concessions, or leased departments, in the U.K. with plans to open six shop-in-shops in House of Fraser stores over the next few months. Five will be babyGap stores, and the sixth will be a men's and women's concession set to open in the House of Fraser in London's Victoria. The units will range in size from 1,300 square feet to 5,000 square feet, and a Gap spokeswoman said the venture would be "a test" of the concession business in the U.K. The move follows recent British press reports suggesting Gap plans to shutter its underperforming U.K. stores. While the spokeswoman declined to comment on the store closures, she said store reviews were a regular part of retail business, and Gap continues to "remarket and reopen stores."
- GANT DESIGN DIRECTOR: Gant has appointed Brian Rennie, formerly design director for Escada, as design director, a new post. When he starts in Stockholm on Sept. 24, Rennie, 44, will head design and product development for all Gant collections. He will report to Arthur Engel, chief executive officer of Gant AB, the Swedish parent company.
- JONES E-COMMERCE PRESIDENT: Jones Apparel Group Inc. named Ronald Offir, president of Kompo e-Commerce Solutions, to fill the newly created post of e-commerce president across all of Jones' brands and divisions. Offir, 38, served as divisional vice president of coach.com from 2002 to 2006. Offir reports to Wesley R. Card, president and chief executive officer of Jones. He will be based in both Manhattan and White Plains, N.Y.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia