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."
@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)