POLLINI FOOTWEAR ON THE ROCKS: Armando Pollini, also known as the “King of Elast” for his elastic fabric footwear, may have to shut down his business, weighed down by $3 million in debt. In a phone interview, Pollini attributed the debt to...
POLLINI FOOTWEAR ON THE ROCKS: Armando Pollini, also known as the “King of Elast” for his elastic fabric footwear, may have to shut down his business, weighed down by $3 million in debt. In a phone interview, Pollini attributed the debt to hefty investments in a new manufacturing and design research plant, just months before the footwear industry was hard hit by a stall in the economy in 2001 and the post-Sept. 11 aftermath. Pollini’s main markets are Germany and the U.S. The designer said his company’s sales have dropped as much as 40 percent compared with three years ago. “I am in talks with several investors and hope to be able to save my company and reestablish my brand,” said Pollini, who started his career in the Sixties and founded his company in 1981. The line is carried by 280 sales points around the world. There is no relation between the designer and the Pollini accessories and ready-to-wear company owned by Aeffe, the Italian luxury goods group that produces Alberta Ferretti, Moschino, Narciso Rodriguez and Jean Paul Gaultier.
SPEARS, SKECHERS SETTLE: Britney Spears and Skechers USA Inc. have settled the breach of contract lawsuits filed against one another regarding an endorsement deal gone bad, a company spokeswoman said. In a lawsuit filed in December, Spears had sought $1.5 million in damages from the Manhattan Beach, Calif.-based footwear company, claiming it used her celebrity to sell its proprietary line of roller skates rather than the Britney 4-Wheelers skating line she helped design. Skechers countersued in March for reimbursement and damages in excess of $10 million, saying the pop singer cost the company sales by delaying approval of product designs, manufacturers and advertisements. The mutual settlements were approved last week by a Los Angeles federal judge. The terms remain confidential.
SABBATH FARE: French Connection Group has paid $20,000 to settle an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claim involving an individual’s right to leave work early to honor the Sabbath. The job applicant, an Orthodox Jew, was offered a position as a trim buyer at the firm’s Seventh Avenue office, but the offer was rescinded following the company’s refusal to adjust her work schedule for religious reasons. According to the EEOC, the settlement includes FC’s adoption of a new corporate-wide policy prohibiting religious discrimination.
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