In Brief: Surfing Chloe … Not in This Lifetime … Zikas Joins Wang …
SURFING CHLOE: Chloé unveiled its first online shop-in-shop at Net-a-porter.com, which went live this week and sells clothing and accessories in its own environment. “Chloé is one of our best-selling brands, and there’s a...
SURFING CHLOE: Chloé unveiled its first online shop-in-shop at Net-a-porter.com, which went live this week and sells clothing and accessories in its own environment. “Chloé is one of our best-selling brands, and there’s a lot of heat around [designer] Phoebe Philo,” said Natalie Massenet, founder of Net-a-Porter. “This was a natural development.” Chloé president Ralph Toledano said he “loves the idea” of opening a boutique on a fashion-forward Web site. Shoppers trawling chloe.com will now have the option to connect directly with Net-a-Porter. Items on sale range from a ring with sorbet-colored semiprecious stones, priced at $350, to a pink ruffled silk halter top, for $925, to an embroidered shearling gilet, for $3,900. Massenet said the Chloé shop-in-shop is just the beginning and said she’s in talks with other brands for similar shops.
NOT IN THIS LIFETIME: Citing disappointing performance, Hearst Magazines said Tuesday that it will cease publication of Lifetime magazine following the October issue. “While we are proud of the magazine’s successful launch, the translation into print was challenging and did not yield the results we anticipated,” the company said in a statement. Inspired by Lifetime TV, the women’s cable network that is jointly owned by Hearst Corp. and Disney, Lifetime debuted in March 2003 with a rate base of 500,000 and went monthly in September 2003. But unlike O, The Oprah Magazine, another Hearst launch to which it was often compared, Lifetime failed to attract large numbers of new readers quickly. Insiders blamed the Lifetime network for failing to promote the title vigorously, while advertisers criticized its old-fashioned editorial mix. In January, Hearst fired launch editor Sally Koslow and replaced her with Susan Wyland, but the magazine continued to struggle. Lifetime employed approximately 30 editorial staffers.
ZIKAS JOINS WANG: Suzanne Zikas has joined Vera Wang Ltd. as senior vice president of sales, a new post. She is responsible for sales of all apparel divisions, including bridal, bridesmaids, ready-to-wear and retail. Zikas is based in the New York office and reports to Susan Sokol, president of Vera Wang Apparel. Most recently, Zikas was vice president of sales at TSE, where she was responsible for sales and distribution. Prior to that, she was vice president of Donna Karan’s women’s and signature collections.FOXY EYES: Sunglasses-maker Oakley Inc. has made a licensing agreement with Fox Riders Co. for a line of unisex sunglasses, goggles and prescription eyewear set to hit stores in March. The initial launch calls for two to four styles featuring Oakley’s signature technical details in wire frames and wrap pieces, followed by goggles in spring 2006. Wholesale prices range from $45 to $60 with distribution targeted at action apparel stores. It’s the first license for Morgan Hill, Calif.-based Fox, which is seeking a higher fashion profile. The motocross apparel veteran launched a directional juniors line for fall. “We partnered with Oakley for their technology prowess, but our glasses will sport a more fashion design element,” said Jim Anfuso, Fox’s director of marketing.
“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