“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.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)