PADDING NESI’S CLOSET: Nesi Fashion Brands isn’t quite ready to confirm persistent market reports that it’s got the North American men’s apparel license for Eminem in hand, but sources say it’s a matter of days before the...
PADDING NESI’S CLOSET: Nesi Fashion Brands isn’t quite ready to confirm persistent market reports that it’s got the North American men’s apparel license for Eminem in hand, but sources say it’s a matter of days before the company announces that it will introduce the Detroit-bred rapper to the apparel universe with test-marketing to begin in March and a full launch slated for back to school.
The New York-based young men’s specialist, which also markets Rocawear Juniors, is staffing up in a way that leaves little doubt about its plans. Phil Molinari, former president of Cluett North America, has joined Nesi in the new post of president of sales, marketing and merchandising, reporting to chief executive Vincent Nesi, who founded the company in 1998 and who worked with Molinari during Nesi’s tenure as president of Bugle Boy Industries. Additionally, reporting to Molinari, Joseph Burke, formerly of Macy’s and Mervyn’s and most recently head of kids’ and women’s apparel at Foot Locker, has joined Nesi as executive vice president with responsibility for "its soon-to-be-named global superstar fashion label." Nesi has retained Lizzie Grubman p.r. to promote Nesi’s brands and work continues on a separate showroom at the company’s offices at 1466 Broadway.
Eminem, who netted five Grammy Award nominations this week, will join a growing roster of rappers and rockers making the transition from tunes to threads, a list that already includes Sean Combs (Sean John), Jennifer Lopez (JLo), Snoop Dogg, Nelly and, waiting in the wings, Gwen Stefani (Lamb) and Eve.
BUDDY BUDDY: CKI chairman Barry Schwartz and PVH chief Bruce Klatsky were inseparable Tuesday night at the Young Menswear Association’s scholarship fund-raising dinner at the Marriott Marquis. The executives, whose marriage was given an official blessing by the Federal Trade Commission Wednesday, were on hand to salute Tom Murry, president and chief operating officer of CKI, who was one of the YMA’s honorees at the black-tie event.
FUR SURE?: Los Angeles-based designer Rick Owens is not only bringing his signature collection to Paris in March, he may also be moonlighting here soon. Sources said Revillon, the French furrier, is negotiating with the designer to become its new artistic director. Revillon plans to launch sportswear, knitwear and accessories collections for next fall, as reported, and it recently named former Valentino and Thierry Mugler executive Georges Wichner as its new managing director.
BERNHARD WILL HELP: Bernhard Willhelm, the German designer who made his reputation in Antwerp with his whimsical designs, is moving to Paris soon. And he’s about to help conquer Rome, too. He’s been tapped as a key member of the design team charged with relaunching the famous Italian house of Capucci, famed for its sculpted and architectural dresses. In 2001, Capucci was bought by new investors eager to resurrect the house, founded in 1950. The first new collection, for next fall, is expected to bow in Milan next month.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
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