NYGARD’S GATE-CRASHERS: A trio of masked robbers broke into Peter Nygård’s private compound in the Bahamas last week and robbed the Canadian fashion mogul at gunpoint during a party he was hosting. According to wire-service reports,...
NYGARD’S GATE-CRASHERS: A trio of masked robbers broke into Peter Nygård’s private compound in the Bahamas last week and robbed the Canadian fashion mogul at gunpoint during a party he was hosting. According to wire-service reports, the thieves escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash they obtained by forcing the chairman and owner of the namesake company to open his safe. Pamela Erickson, Nygård’s director of marketing, confirmed the information and said no one was hurt, but declined further comment because local police are still investigating. Reportedly, police believe the men, who were dressed as security guards, entered through a high-security peninsula — called Nygård Cay — by sea and also escaped that way.
BURANI TAKES HALF OF LEZARD: Mariella Burani Fashion Group said Tuesday it bought a 50 percent stake in René Lezard Mode GmbH, the German women’s and men’s luxury ready-to-wear manufacturer, for $11.5 million. The rest of the firm remains with Thomas Schaefer, a founder of the company created in 1978. René Lezard posted sales of $71 million last year. Burani said the purchase was made to "expand its presence in Europe and to improve its sales mix." The Burani group owns the Mila Schön and Stephen Fairchild brands and accessories firms Baldinini and Braccialini.
VANDEVELDE TO LAUNCH FUND: Luc Vandevelde, the chairman of Marks & Spencer who piloted the successful turnaround of the U.K. clothing, supermarket and home goods chain, plans to launch a private equity fund unconnected to the store. As of Jan. 1, Vandevelde will also become part-time chairman of M&S — as planned. Vandevelde stepped down as chief executive of M&S, and was succeeded by Roger Holmes. Vandevelde is starting the new fund with three partners, with an initial $470 investment from France’s Halley family. The fund will launch at the end of January, focusing on buyouts of small to midsized European firms in consumer industries.
NRF HIRE: The National Retail Federation has hired David Hogan 3rd as its senior vice president and chief information officer. Starting on Jan. 6, Hogan’s responsibilities will include managing the company’s external and internal technology needs, as well as leading its CIO Council.
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