NEW YORK — Apparel giants Jones Apparel Group, Kellwood Co. and Liz Claiborne Inc. filled some key executive spots Wednesday.
At the Victoria & Co. fashion jewelry division of Jones, Jackie Corso was named chief executive officer. Corso takes over the position held by Patricia Stensrud, and she will report to Rhonda Brown, president and chief executive officer of footwear, accessories and retail for Jones.
Corso brings more than 25 years of experience in the fashion industry to her role, and was most recently executive vice president and general merchandise manager at the Lerner division of The Limited Inc. She will begin working at Victoria on a part-time position in early November, and will take over full-time on Nov. 25.
As ceo, Corso will oversee both Victoria and Judith Jack, the jewelry and accessories firm purchased by Jones last year, according to a company spokesman.
At Kellwood, former Rena Rowan president Jeff Levy has been hired as president of DLG, its new "moderate update" division. Levy, a 28-year industry veteran, was with Rena Rowan, a division of Jones, for 12 years. Based in New York, he reports to John Henderson, executive vice president of Sag Harbor.
Meanwhile, Liz Claiborne named Mark Walsh as president of its Specialty Stores division. Walsh joins Liz Claiborne from Microwarehouse, where he was executive vice president of marketing and e-commerce. Before that, he was executive vice president of e-commerce and business development for J. Crew.
Walsh reports to Bob Negron, group president of retail, cosmetics and licensing.
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