STAFF ANNOUNCEMENT: Not that a single soul in the fashion industry doesn't already know it, but...Hugo Boss AG formally acknowledged Friday that Marty Staff, president and chief executive officer of Hugo Boss USA, and Vincent Ottomanelli, chief...
STAFF ANNOUNCEMENT: Not that a single soul in the fashion industry doesn't already know it, but...Hugo Boss AG formally acknowledged Friday that Marty Staff, president and chief executive officer of Hugo Boss USA, and Vincent Ottomanelli, chief financial officer, have been put on a paid leave of absence. The announcement confirms a report in WWD on May 20. Official word then was that the fun-loving Staff, who had winged off to one of his favorite haunts, Las Vegas, was on vacation. Asked about reports that the German parent is looking at possible accounting irregularities at Boss, a spokesman said, "No comment." Several sources have indicated that an internal audit has been conducted at the company.A spokesman also confirmed that in the interim, Tony Lucia, senior vice president of sales, is in charge, and it's "business as usual" at Boss in the U.S.FERRAGAMO'S AMERICAN CHIEFS: Jean-Marc Gallot was appointed president and regional director of Ferragamo USA on Friday. The post was previously held by Salvatore Ferragamo's youngest son, Massimo Ferragamo, who will become chairman of the American operation. The 37-year-old Gallot joined the company in May 2001 as executive vice president and U.S. regional director. Prior to joining Ferragamo USA, he was president of Christofle Silver Inc. for two years, the U.S. subsidiary of Christofle Inc."It's a family-owned business," Gallot said. "So, I think it's important to bring in outside management to get a different perspective and make Ferragamo stronger."COUTURE COUP: Could Valentino be doing double couture duty this summer? The Roman designer is a fixture during Paris couture week, but his hometown is reportedly trying to seduce him to show during Rome's Alta Moda, too. Valentino insiders point out that every year rumors surface that the designer will participate in the Eternal City's lesser-known couture event, but that no decision has been reached. Valentino will definitely show during Paris Couture, as usual, however.FIELD TRIP: They want to be a part of it. More French fashion journalists are slated to descend on New York Fashion Week thanks to luxury giant LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton. The group, recognizing that only a handful of Paris publications send reps to Manhattan for the shows due to the expense, plans to invite a select group of editors, perhaps half a dozen, next season. LVMH owns Donna Karan and also has investments in Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors. Of course, invited delegates will also be free to cover all other shows, according to LVMH officials. French publications that regularly attend the New York shows include French Vogue, Figaro Madame, Numero and L'Officiel.EVERYONE'S BEST FRIEND: "I remember when Martin was selling diamonds out of his apartment," said "ER" star Eriq La Salle, who joined Martin Katz customers Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber at the official opening of Katz's diamond jewelry emporium in Beverly Hills the other night. "He educated me about diamond jewelry -- and now, unfortunately, I know too much." Evidence was the large stud in his left ear. "Let's leave it at that."BAD BLOOD: Mario Boselli, president of Italy's Camera Nazionale della Moda, is probably one of the most respected, true gentlemen around. His gentle side is getting a bit tarnished, however, thanks to the calendar clash between Milan and New York. Boselli was quoted in the New York Post last Friday as saying that he believed New York runway organizers were taking advantage of the Sept. 11 anniversary as a way to "abandon the uncomfortable position of opening the season."But Boselli says his message was taken out of context. "What I intended to say was that there was suspicion within the industry that New York may have been trying to use Sept. 11 as an instrument to rearrange its position within the calendar," Boselli stated. "We completely respect the victims of Sept. 11 and I didn't believe my statement was strong or inflammatory."When asked what he thought about New York's commitment to return to its original calendar position next season, Boselli replied: "If that's truly the case, then the hypothesis would be incorrect and I would be wrong."As reported, New York and London have swapped fashion weeks, and now New York overlaps with the start of Milan fashion week. Boselli went on to say that he and the rest of the Italian fashion industry were disillusioned by the lack of cooperation from New York runway organizers. "I just don't believe this is a way to confront problems," Boselli maintained. "There must be a spirit of collaboration, and thus far, New York has not budged an inch."WHY KNOTT?: Louis Feraud, contemplating its new direction following the exit of designer Yvan Mispelaere last March, is said to be in pursuit of designer Jean Paul Knott. The Paris-based designer, who spent much of his career at Yves Saint Laurent and has also consulted for Krizia, has been producing a signature collection for the past three years. Mispelaere could not immediately be reached for comment. Feraud, now controlled jointly by Escada AG and the Dutch Firm Secon, may cease its couture activities to focus on high-end ready-to-wear, as reported. The firm is expected to announce its new strategy shortly. Reached late last week, Feraud's managing director Michael Rover declined to comment on the house's intentions.
@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