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.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“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