GAP'S NEW DEAL: Gap Inc. on Tuesday said it signed a franchising agreement with the Marinopoulos Group to bring the Gap and Banana Republic to Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Croatia. The first Gap store is expected to open in Greece this fall, with the first Banana Republic to follow by spring 2009. Marinopoulus, a major retail and industrial group based in Greece, has already partnered with Marks & Spencer, Starbucks, Carrefour and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton subsidiary Sephora. "The Marinopoulos Group has a successful track record of introducing well-known retail and apparel brands in these markets," Ron Young, senior vice president of international strategic alliances for Gap Inc., said in a statement. Over the past few years, Gap Inc. has arranged other franchise agreements for Gap and Banana Republic in 12 other countries.
EXIT AT LOEHMANN'S: Fred Forcellati, Loehmann's vice president of advertising and creative, has left the retailer. The 67-store chain said Tuesday the advertising and marketing departments have been combined and are being headed by advertising and marketing director Mara Kelly, who was director of database marketing. Forcellati, 43, joined Loehmann's in 1994 and was responsible for the retailer's image, including print and radio advertising, direct mail, sales promotion and public relations. Forcellati said in a statement that he would pursue writing a men's style book and developing a fashion Web site, and explore new areas of creative services such as independent fashion segment production.
DELIVERING FASHION: DHL, which last year reached an agreement with IMG Fashion to become the official express and logistics partner for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weeks in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, has expanded that relationship around the world. DHL will partner with IMG in 10 countries spanning four continents each year, including such events as Milano Moda Uomo in Italy and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, as well as events in Moscow, Mumbai, Hong Kong, London, Mexico City and Sydney. DHL plans to use these fashion events to strengthen its business partnership with the fashion, apparel and retail industries. In addition to the title sponsor, Mercedes-Benz, IMG's official sponsors are DHL, American Express, Freixenet, Karstadt, L'Oréal and Veltins.
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye