NEW LIZ BOARD MEMBER: Kenneth B. Gilman has been elected to Liz Claiborne Inc.'s board, bringing the number of directors to 10. Paul E. Tierney Jr., who had served on Claiborne's board since 1995, stepped down this month. Gilman's initial term will expire at the company's May 15 annual meeting, when he will be up for reelection for a three-year term. Gilman spent more than 25 years at Limited Brands Inc., rising to vice chairman and chief administrative officer of Limited from 1993 to 2001. He was then moved over to Lane Bryant as chief executive officer to prepare the division for its eventual sale to Charming Shoppes Inc. After Limited Brands, Gilman was president and ceo of Asbury Automotive Group until his retirement in May.
ZIMMERMAN RETURNS TO DRY LAND: Australian line Zimmerman has sold its swimwear in the U.S. for a decade, and this spring it's bringing contemporary sportswear stateside, as well. The collection launching here will be the same one the 15-year-old brand shows domestically, but will be edited to sell about 60 rather than 120 looks of the line, which is known for its prints and color. "We are adding three more stores in Australia by the end of the year, then we are focusing on the American market because we think we can do really well here," said designer Nicky Zimmerman. "The clothing we do with swimwear is not just caftans and usual swim cover-ups, it's real resortwear and retailers were asking us what else we do as clothing." The line wholesales from $110 to $400, and like the swim line, the sportswear is being carried in about 50 doors, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York and Intermix. The company, which does not disclose its volume, does half its business at wholesale, and a quarter of its wholesale in the U.S. — though Zimmerman expects its U.S. business will double this year and is considering opening retail stores here.
EMMA & POSH: Alison Pnini traded in an eight-year career in the sweater business, where she worked as the designer of junior knit line Say What, to raise her daughter Emma. But Pnini quickly found as a new mom that she missed working and wanted to fill what she saw as a market void for cashmere with feminine details. "I wanted to put my experience into a line that fit my vision and my eye," Pnini said. "I use a lot of detail in the seams and buttons and feminine extras like ruching." So she went back to work to create Emma & Posh, a contemporary cashmere collection that had a soft launch for holiday and will officially launch for fall 2008. The line of 100 percent cashmere sweaters — from tight dresses to cropped cardigans — wholesales from $86 to $184 and is carried in 240 doors, including Henri Bendel, Searle, Olive & Bette's and Fred Segal.
COLUMBIA OFFERS UV PROTECTION: Columbia Sportswear Co. and The Skin Cancer Foundation have joined to introduce a new Omni-Shade sun protective apparel line. Columbia is the first global company to receive The Skin Cancer Foundation's Seal of Recommendation. Launching for March, the Omni-Shade apparel line includes more than 100 products for women, men and children. The clothes, which retail from $45 to $75, offer protection ranging from UPF 15 to UPF 50, and many are also pretreated with ultraviolet inhibiting ingredients. "Our products at Columbia Sportswear are synonymous with weather protection," said Tim Boyle, president and chief executive officer. "We are proud to enhance our Omni-Shade line for our consumers, allowing them to spend more time enjoying outdoor activities, while remaining protected from the sun's harmful rays."
@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