“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.
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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye