SIMON SAYS: Simon Property Group Inc. and Westfield America Inc. announced their nominees to the board of directors of Taubman Centers Inc. If their nominees do get elected, it could help the developers in their efforts to take over Taubman, which has rejected the Simon-Westfield offer of $20 a share. The offer expires today, but could be extended. Taubman responded to the new slate of board nominees by calling it a disruptive manuever to all three developers. The nominees are Benjamin Civiletti, chairman of the law firm Venable LLP and former attorney general of the U.S.; Douglas Crocker 2nd, trustee and vice chairman of Equity Residential; Roberta Karmel, professor of law and co-director of the Center for the Study of International Business Law at Brooklyn Law School and former commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and Michael Koeneke, retired chairman of the mergers & acquisitions group at Merrill Lynch and former managing director and head of the M&A group at First Boston Corp.
REEBOK’S TIME: Reebok has teamed up with Timex to create a new line of sport and fashion watches. The timepieces include digital and analog styles, with retail prices falling between $65 and $250. Reebok has had a small number of watches before, but this is its first significant push into the category, according to John Frascotti, Reebok’s senior vice president of licensing and new business. Among the offerings are watches with GPS technology, which track the wearer’s speed, distance and pace, as well as styles with steel and rubber bracelets. Other watches have alarms and Timex’s Indiglo night-light feature. The watches are being tested in a limited number of stores this season, with a bigger push, including international distribution, planned for the fall.
JEWELRY MOVE: Allan Metzner, executive vice president at Reeds Jewelers Inc., has been named to the newly created position of chief operating officer. Metzner, who will also retain his old title, joined Reeds in 1989 and held various positions in merchandising and finance. The Wilmington, N.C.-based retailer also said it has executed an amendment to its revolving credit facility with Bank of America N.A. Reeds now operates 90 stores, primarily in the Southwest and Midwest.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews