COPY THAT: Early testing of high-speed pattern-digitizing technology yielded positive results for Bernard Chaus, which decided last week to implement the system. Digitizing errors dropped to just 2 percent from 20 percent and the time...
COPY THAT: Early testing of high-speed pattern-digitizing technology yielded positive results for Bernard Chaus, which decided last week to implement the system. Digitizing errors dropped to just 2 percent from 20 percent and the time needed to digitize a pattern was squeezed to just 15 minutes from more than two hours, said Ed Eskew, vice president and cio at the $157 million Bernard Chaus. The New York-based women’s apparel manufacturer projects a 64 percent return on investment, he said. The system, called NScan from Nhega, features a wide-format digital scanner into which pattern pieces are fed, and software that creates electronic images of the pieces. The electronic images can be edited and easily shared among those collaborating on the design of a garment. Eskew said Chaus will deploy the system in a stand-alone fashion initially, but expects to integrate it with Chaus’ computer-assisted design system, called AccuMark, from Gerber Technologies. “I would expect post-integration to yield even better turnaround time for pattern scanning of the finished product,” he said. The traditional process for digitizing patterns is time consuming and requires highly skilled workers who painstakingly trace pattern pieces on a digitizing table. Eskew said productivity gains of the new system may lead to a reduced head count and labor savings.
AND THEN THERE WAS ONE: Karen Austin, senior vice president and chief information officer of the former Kmart Holding Corp., will head up technology for the new Sears Holdings Corp. The company, which resulted from the merger of Kmart and Sears, Roebuck & Co., confirmed Austin’s expanded role as senior vice president and cio, effective March 25. A 21-year Kmart veteran, Austin was named cio three years ago. Garry Kelly, who came out of retirement to join Sears in October 2002, exited as senior vice president and cio on April 1.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews