PARSONS CHOOSES CHARRON: Parsons School of Design will honor Paul Charron, chairman and chief executive officer of Liz Claiborne Inc., at its 55th annual benefit and fashion show May 1 at the Marriott Marquis-Times Square in New York. The fashion show will also showcase the best of the graduating seniors’ collections and feature student work under three project themes: Hollywood, Aid to Artisans in Macedonia and Italian fabrics. Gold Thimble Awards, as well as the Designer of the Year Award, will be presented. About 700 fashion industry leaders are expected to attend the benefit and show, which raises funds for scholarships and academic program needs.
SURF SCENT’S UP: Fragrance producer Riviera Concepts and Hang Ten, the junior label that’s billed as a California lifestyle brand, have teamed up to produce a fragrance collection. Riviera announced last week a licensing agreement with International Licensing Corp., which owns and manages the Hang Ten brand, for the worldwide rights to develop fragrances and ancillaries under the Hang Ten moniker. Currently, plans include a fall launch of men’s and women’s scents targeting youths ages 12 to 24.
GALLERIA GROWS: A 700,000-square-foot expansion of the Galleria in Houston will open Friday, elevating the mall to the fifth largest in the country with 2.4 million square feet of space. The addition boasts the city’s first Nordstrom, fulfilling the chain’s 10-year hunt for a spot in Houston. Homegrown chain Foley’s is the second anchor of the expansion. Developer Simon Property Group designed the new wing to continue the mall’s signature glass roof and natural lighting. Several of the 50-plus stores in the addition are making their debuts in the city, including Bebesport, Club Monaco, J. Jill, L’Occitane en Provence, Max Studio and Pottery Barn Kids.