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."
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty