Some of the best and brightest from Bloomingdale’s, Costco, Wal-Mart, Facebook and other companies will participate at The Global Retailing Conference of the University of Arizona’s Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing.
The conference — a forum bringing business leaders and academia together — will be held April 11 and 12 at Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson, Ariz.
“Retailing continues to evolve rapidly, with new techniques, processes and technologies emerging virtually every day — all being driven by our customer’s changing habits and preferences. We all must be diligent in understanding what our customers want today and what they will want tomorrow,” said Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Macy’s Inc., who will deliver opening remarks. Others will address retail innovation, digital advancement, marketing strategies and consumer behavior.
Set to speak: Tory Burch; retail presidents Bonnie Brooks of The Hudson’s Bay Co. and Tony Spring of Bloomingdale’s, as well as Jonathan Zrihen of the Clarins Groupe North America, Neil Cole of Iconix, Gary Talarico of Gordon Brothers, Scott Hardy of Polaroid, and Matthew Shay of the National Retail Federation, who all hold the titles of president and ceo.
Also on the speaker roster: Jim Sinegal, Costco’s cofounder; Ira Kalish, director of global economics, Deloitte Consulting; Doug Mack, ceo of One Kings Lane; Kevin Sterneckert, vice president of research, Gartner; Rob Garf, vice president, Demandware; Anita D. Bhappu, PetSmart Associate Professor of Retailing and Consumer Sciences, The University of Arizona; Joe Bona, president, Branded Environments, CBX; Wanda Young, Wal-Mart’s vice president of media and digital marketing; Kerry Lakin, senior account manager at Facebook; and Jack Tretton, ceo of Sony Playstation.
For information and registration, visit globalretailingconference.org or e-mail Martha Van Gelder, director of the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
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@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)