Fashion Scoops: Vidal Finale … He’ll Take Manhattan … Nicole Heads Back …
VIDAL FINALE: Procter & Gamble is pulling the plug on the Vidal Sassoon hair care line in North America. Shipments of the ailing brand end in February and March. A P&G spokesman said the company will be "stepping back and re-evaluating the right way...
VIDAL FINALE: Procter & Gamble is pulling the plug on the Vidal Sassoon hair care line in North America. Shipments of the ailing brand end in February and March. A P&G spokesman said the company will be "stepping back and re-evaluating the right way to leverage the brand," since P&G believes Vidal Sassoon carries with it a "strong brand heritage." The product will continue its international distribution.
Analysts and industry insiders began pegging the brand as one that P&G could easily drop when its relaunch in 2000 showed signs of failing. Apparently, consumers became confused when, overnight, Vidal Sassoon hair care went from a mid-priced brand positioned on cleansing to an upscale brand with a fashion image. Prices jumped from $3-$5 to $5-$12. Vidal Sassoon hair care launched in 1974 and became a mass line in 1985 when P&G bought the Vidal Sassoon trademark. Sales of Vidal Sassoon hair care dropped nearly 40 percent to $25.4 million for the 52-week period ended Dec. 1 against the prior-year period, according to data from Information Resources.
HE’LL TAKE MANHATTAN: Balenciaga confirmed Tuesday that French designer Nicolas Ghesquière will show his fall 2003 collection in New York on Feb. 13 to coincide with the opening of his Manhattan flagship at 524 West 22nd Street. Guests at the 3:30 p.m. presentation, which will be held at an undisclosed location near the store, will be invited to tour the store afterward, according to a Balenciaga spokesman. But Parisians will be the first to get a glimpse of the new retail concept, with elements by contemporary artist Dominique Gonzales-Foerster. Half of Ghesquière’s George V boutique closed for renovation last summer and was slated to reopen today.
NICOLE HEADS BACK: Nicole Miller is heading back to the Bryant Park tents after a two-year hiatus. Bud Konheim, chief executive officer of Nicole Miller, said Tuesday that he had booked the 6 p.m. time slot on Feb. 9 in The Atelier venue, the first time the firm’s runway show would be on a Sunday.
"We left the tents because we didn’t like the herd mentality," Konheim said. "But with the new, small venue, and the fact that we haven’t done it in several seasons, we felt it was time to go back."The Atelier is planned as a 5,000-square-foot white space with a 120-foot, U-shaped runway, with seating for 260 guests and room for 120 standing. The space will rent for $14,000 and is expected to house three or four shows each day.
Miller had moved its presentations to its showroom at 525 Seventh Avenue as a change of pace from the 7th On Sixth tents, but some criticized the location’s tight squeeze.
RAZZLE DAZZLE: It may have been a particularly chilly afternoon, but on Tuesday, Queen Latifah brought some much-needed heat to Third Avenue.
The rapper-actress, who portrays Matron Mama Morton in "Chicago," unveiled Bloomingdale’s sexy new windows dedicated to the hit movie. Created in conjunction with Lycra spandex and Hue legwear, the mannequins wear thigh-highs and demure Lurex fishnets. "I love fishnets when they have a little rip in them," Queen Latifah said. "Mama likes a little bit of sleaze."
A DELECTABLE FIT: Lord & Taylor has been updating its fashion from floor to floor. Now the food is about to get tastier, too. Chef Larry Forgione is opening two restaurants inside L&T’s Fifth Avenue flagship, beginning in March, with An American Place on the fifth floor, replacing Cafe American Style. On the menu: main course salads, luncheon entrees, American flatbread pizza, hot and cold beverages and desserts. "It will be very contemporary looking and a perfect complement to the new direction of Lord & Taylor," said Lavelle Olexa, senior vice president of fashion direction.
Forgione, known as the "godfather of American cuisine," is also creating a second restaurant on L&T’s sixth floor, replacing the Soup Bar. It’s yet to be named, but the flavor will certainly be American. L&T continues to use "The Signature of American Style" theme in its ads.
@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