“This is a highly competitive industry and having the right talent makes all the difference,” David Conn, chief executive officer, told WWD. “When I think about the combination of Lynne, Gary and now Rosella, I think we have an A-team in place with respect to product and in this business it all starts with product.”
Giuliani, who’d run her own consulting firm for the past year, earlier spent two years with Gap Inc. as vice president of merchandising and design and creative director of Gap’s 1969 program. Prior to that, she was with Seven For All Mankind as vice president of global merchandising and design, with Gap Inc. as vice president of merchandising for Japan and with Guess Inc. as general merchandise manager of women’s.
The company has been focused on developing a long-term strategic plan since its acquisition by TowerBrook this summer and has been mum about its specific merchandising and marketing direction.
Pressed to address whether True Religion, for instance, would stay true to the thick contrast stitching and embellished back flap pockets with which the brand has been synonymous, she focused her response on what she deemed to be the brand’s more enduring values.
“There are so many brands out there today and so many choices,” she noted, “but True Religion was founded with a really strong brand identity that we can build on. It’s about a free spirit, the Los Angeles lifestyle and not a particular look. It’s important that we capture that. Whatever trend is relevant at the moment, we will try to convey it in a way that works with TR’s aesthetic.”
The Vernon, Calif.-based company additionally appointed Steve Horak senior vice president of planning and allocation, effective Nov. 4. He will report to Eric Bauer, chief operating officer and chief financial officer.
Horak, who will oversee planning, allocation and inventory management, has been with Guess for 12 years, most recently as senior vice president of global planning and allocation. Earlier in his career, he was with The Wet Seal Inc., Victoria’s Secret and Warner Brothers Studio Stores.
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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
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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