• STRICKLER TAPPED AT USTR: Gail Strickler was named assistant U.S. Trade Representative for textiles on Monday, confirming a report on Aug. 24 that she was the leading candidate for the post, elevating from what was called the special textile negotiator. Strickler will oversee negotiations that affect textiles and apparel and will advise USTR Ron Kirk on industry trade policy. She will also work to enhance U.S. access to foreign markets for the industry. Strickler most recently was associate director for Textiles & Apparel Product Safety at Philadelphia University’s College of Textiles and Sciences. Prior to that, she was vice president of the Global Apparel Division for Duro Textile. She has also served on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cotton Board since 2002.
• SHOPBOP HIRE: Darcy Penick has joined Madison, Wis.-based Shopbop.com as divisional merchandise manager. She will head the buying department for the retail Web site, known for its mix of contemporary designer lines. Penick succeeds Erin Crandall, who had the title of head buyer before leaving in June. Penick had been a senior buyer for almost four years at Saks Fifth Avenue in the women’s footwear department, and worked at Bergdorf Goodman as a buyer in the contemporary area. She began her career in 2000 at Neiman Marcus. Based in New York, Penick reports to Joe Milano, general merchandise manager at Shopbop.
• CHARITY GALA: The honorees have been set for this year’s Kids in Distressed Situations and Fashion Delivers event. The fund-raiser, slated for Nov. 4 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York, will honor John Daly, president of trade finance for CIT Group Inc., who will receive the Fashion Has a Heart Award; Andrew Hall, president and chief executive officer of Stage Stores, who will receive the Retailer Award; Gary Simmons, president and ceo of Gerber Childrenswear LLC, who will be honored with the KIDS Lifetime Achievement Award, and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, which will receive the Humanitarian Award. Last year’s gala raised $1.3 million for KIDS, a global charity helping families in need, and Fashion Delivers, which provides product to victims of natural disasters.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)