DREXEL HONORS HOCHMAN: A reception was hosted by Drexel University for Carole Hochman, chief executive officer and creative director of Carole Hochman Designs Inc., who received this year’s Design Achievement Award on June 6. A graduate of Drexel, the reception was preceded by a student fashion show presented by the Fashion Design and Design & Merchandising Programs at Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design. This year’s show was the first to be staged at the Urban Outfitters Corporate Headquarters Campus in Philadelphia.
“Everybody had to design a group of lingerie, and we donated all of the fabric,” said Hochman. “Urban Outfitters gets a lot of talented designers, and we get a lot of great intimate apparel interns.”
Out of 10 semifinalists, Kara Kelly won first prize for her design of a full-slip shaper, and received $1,000.
FREDERICK’S TAPS BAKALIC: Frederick’s of Hollywood Group Inc. has named Barbara Bakalic vice president of product development for its wholesale division.
Reporting to John Schulman, chief merchandising officer, Bakalic’s responsibilities will include developing and offering a diversified assortment of intimate apparel choices to mass retailers through brand focus, trend identification and seasonal product line development.
A veteran of product development, merchandising and sales experience for more than 20 years, Bakalic most recently served as corporate brand manager and product development director for intimate apparel and sleepwear as well as junior sportswear at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., from 2000 to 2008. Earlier, she served in product development and merchandising posts at Andover Togs/Dobie Inc. and New York Knitworks.
Thomas J. Lynch, chairman and chief executive officer, noted Bakalic’s “extensive product development, merchandising and sales experience and proven success in the intimate apparel industry, specifically the mass market, will be a great asset to us. Barbara has a strong creative vision, and we are looking forward to the impact her leadership and demonstrated ability will have on our wholesale business.”
Frederick’s of Hollywood conducts its business through two operating divisions: the multichannel retail division and the wholesale unit. The retail operation sells intimates and related products under the Frederick’s of Hollywood label, maintains 130 specialty stores nationwide, and operates a catalogue and fredericks.com e-commerce business. Exclusive product offerings include Seduction by Frederick’s of Hollywood and the Hollywood Extreme Cleavage bra. Frederick’s combined wholesale and retail sales are in excess of $200 million.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over the top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty