ANOTHER DESIGNING ANGEL: Could Farrah Fawcett be following in Jaclyn Smith's footsteps? Niki by Niki Livas, the eveningwear division of ZZ Manufacturing, has tapped Fawcett to give its eveningwear sales a lift. Looking to appeal to a more sophisticated customer, the company selected Fawcett, who starred with Smith in the popular 1970s series "Charlie's Angels," for a national print campaign, said Livas, owner and designer. Livas said she hopes the $1 million ad campaign leads to the introduction next year of an eveningwear and dress line carrying the Farrah Fawcett label. However, Livas stressed that the Fawcett label will be aimed at upscale specialty stores, while Smith's collection is sold exclusively at Kmart Stores, generating sales last year of about $150 million at retail. In the ads, Fawcett models spring and summer dresses from the company's new better-priced segment. The Niki line had previously been sold at moderate prices. Made primarily of silk and rayon satin, the 25-piece better group should increase business by 30 percent, she said. Slated to break in the March issues of women's magazines and trade publications, the ad campaign was designed by Amodeo Petti in New York. "We wanted a person who people identify with. Farrah's not oversaturated or unrecognizable," Livas said. "She hasn't lost her charisma."
DIGERONIMO JUMPS INTO DRESSES: After more than three years developing a small designer-priced sportswear collection, Stephen DiGeronimo is looking to make his mark in the mainstream better-to-bridge dress market. The day dress collection, which opened this month for summer delivery, will wholesale for $50 to $110. It will be sold under a new label called Geronimo. The prices for the new line are about half of the tags for the signature collection. DiGeronimo, who is a partner in the business with Greg St. Onge, said he'd be happy with $1 million in sales for the Geronimo line in 1995. The collection business generated $750,000 in 1994. The initial dress line features sporty, casual dresses such as T-shirt styles and tennis dresses done in cotton fabrics, including piqué, printed shirtings and knit jersey.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)