Fashion Scoops: Moving On … Made Where? … D&G On Tour
MOVING ON: Just one week after Ed Needham took over as the editor of Rolling Stone, staffers were rocked by the magazine’s first high-profile resignation. On Tuesday, Patti O’Brien, the magazine’s longtime fashion director, resigned....
MOVING ON: Just one week after Ed Needham took over as the editor of Rolling Stone, staffers were rocked by the magazine’s first high-profile resignation. On Tuesday, Patti O’Brien, the magazine’s longtime fashion director, resigned. In a statement, O’Brien said: "It’s been an amazing experience working at Rolling Stone. I’ve worked with a great group of people during my 13 years here but I feel it’s time to move on." She did not detail her plans.
MADE WHERE?: Fabric buyers strolling the aisles of the I-TexStyle trade show at the Lexington Avenue armory today and Thursday will probably notice a couple of people walking around with blue nylon attachés with the logo "Italia: Life in I Style."
They were a premium from the show sponsor, The Italian Trade Commission, but unlike the fabrics on display, they don’t come from Como, Prato, Biella or anywhere else in Italy, for that matter.
According to their origin tags, the bags were made in Myanmar, a southeast Asian nation that has been accused of forcing its citizens to toil on government projects like road building. Pressure has been building for the U.S. to cut its business ties with that country — in 1997, former president Bill Clinton banned American companies from making new investments in that country, formerly known as Burma, while last year, Sens. Jesse Helms (R., N.C.) and Tom Harkin (D., Iowa) introduced a bill that would have banned all imports from the country.
The Myanmar government has said it "neither practices nor condones the practice of forced labor in the country," although a representative of the nation’s embassy in Washington early this year told to WWD there have been instances in the past when people were "requested to participate in community work."
Roberto Luongo, deputy trade commissioner with the ITC in New York, said in a phone interview that he was surprised to learn the ITC was giving out bags bearing the "Made in Myanmar" label.
"This is the first time that I heard of this matter. I didn't know there was this problem," he said. "If there is a problem, we will change it."An ITC staffer called back to tell WWD that the commission had ordered the bags from a supplier in New Jersey and was unaware of where they had been manufactured. The ITC bought 200 Myanmar-made bags, she added, but in the future will make a point of not buying Myanmar-made goods.
D&G ON TOUR: Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana love their singing divas. After dressing Mary J. Blige and Kylie Minogue for their recent musical tours, they’ve now turned to Alicia Keys. The singer, who this month began a summer tour of the U.S., has a concert wardrobe exclusively designed by Dolce &Gabbana that includes beaded coats and jeans, leather pieces and fur.
@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)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews