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.
@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