NEW YORK--Ellin J. Saltzman, who was named fashion director of The Limited Inc. Monday, said she would work with the designer-oriented Henri Bendel and the moderate-priced Express, Limited, Lerner New York and Lane Bryant divisions. The post is a new one at the $7 billion specialty store operator. Monday's announcement by The Limited confirmed a report in these columns Nov. 16. "I will be keeping The Limited and its women's divisions abreast of the trends that are right for them," Saltzman said. She starts her new job Monday, and on Wednesday she's off to Europe with Michael Weiss, vice chairman of the corporation, "to get a feeling" of the retail scene there. Cities on the tour are Milan, Florence, Dusseldorf, Paris, London and Antwerp, Belgium. The Limited dispatches personnel to cities around the world to bring back fashions it can knock off for its divisions. "Ellin is one of the top fashion talents in the country, and now she will share her skills with the leaders in our fashion businesses," said Weiss, in a statement. Of all the divisions with which she will be involved, "Bendel's is the area I know best," said Saltzman, whose background is primarily in high-end specialty retailing. Her last job, from April 1992 to last June, was fashion director of Bergdorf Goodman. She was corporate fashion director at R.H. Macy & Co. from August 1989 to April 1992, and worked extensively with the upscale I. Magnin division, which will be liquidated after Thanksgiving. Saltzman worked at Saks Fifth Avenue from 1975 to 1989 as fashion director. In general, The Limited's women's divisions have performed poorly in the Nineties. In the latest period, however, there was some improvement due to reduced inventories, better margins and higher quality goods. Working with the lower-priced Limited divisions represents "a major challenge," Saltzman said, adding that her knowledge of the designer business could be helpful. "Good fashion can be translated. I think the trends filter up and filter down," she said. She also said she believed her links to designers could be beneficial. The Limited, based in Columbus, Ohio, has said it wanted to build its design team and improve its fashion content. Saltzman will be based at Bendel's headquarters here at 20 West 43rd St.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion