“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.
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion
“I’m Russian and I love to use all these little tricks that I got from my grandma or my mom. We didn’t have a lot of money for creams or anything like that so we would use a garden as a beauty treatment regime. We’d put cucumber in the fridge and do a cucumber mask,” says model @irinashayk on one of her beauty hacks. WWD asked celebs what their go-to self-care rituals are. See what Naomie Harris, Freida Pinto and more said on WWD.com. #wwdeye #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)
Exclusive: @viktorandrolf are teaming up with @Zalando on a collection made from leftover clothing. The lineup, which lands at the retailer February 1, includes 17 pieces adorned with sliced up and repurposed overstock from the retailer’s private label collection. Pictured here is a look from the collection –– see more on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
@duewestnyc is the newest bar joining the collection of intimate neighborhood-focused spaces in the West Village. The cocktail menu, which includes bitters and syrups made in-house, offers a “Build Your Own Old-Fashioned” – like the one pictured here – where guests can choose from a list of spirits and unexpected sugars and bitters. #wwdeye
Spotted at last night’s National Board of Review gala in NYC: Angelina Jolie. Jolie – along with Meryl Streep, @lupitanyongo and more – continued the all-black dress code from Sunday’s Golden Globes. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)