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.
@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