NEW YORK — A|X Armani Exchange has tapped Patrick Robinson as creative director. Robinson’s responsibilities range from product development to providing creative direction in marketing areas. He reports directly to A|X’s chief executive officer Harlan Bratcher.
A well-known figure in fashion circles, Robinson’s most recent gig was executive vice president of design for Gap Adult and GapBody, which he held for four years until he was dismissed in 2011. Prior to that, he was artistic director at Paco Rabanne in Paris, and creative director for Perry Ellis’ women’s sportswear line. He arguably made his biggest career impact at the latter, but quit Perry Ellis in 2004 after disagreements with the management of its licensee, Public Clothing Co.
In the mid-Nineties, he also served as head designer of Anne Klein, succeeding Richard Tyler after working at the Armani Collezioni label.
A|X also named Maggie Rowton Molitor to the newly-created role of chief merchandise officer. Rowton Molitor will be spearheading such areas as merchandising, planning, production and visual merchandising. Most recently, she was senior vice president of global merchandising at Cole Haan. She previously held executive roles at Nike Inc., Davaco Inc., Ralph Lauren’s Polo Jeans Co. line, Pepe Jeans, Barneys New York and DKNY. She also reports to Bratcher.
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For @laperlalingerie's spring 2018 show, the brand chose to host their event at @thevenetianmacao. With Chinese megastars @bingbing_fan and @hubing in attendance, La Perla debuted a rock ‘n’ roll-inspired collection. The show marked the start of Sands Macao Fashion Week, which runs from October 19 to 24 — the city’s first such event. Pictured here are models backstage with glimmering eyes. #wwdfashion (📷: Cheuk-Yin To)
Trending for spring 2018: top stitch design. Gone are the days of stitch just for seams — designers are using the once-minimal detail to create strong decorative elements. (📷: Paola Testa; Styled by @andrew_shang) #wwdfashion
@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)