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.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty