KATZ OUT, SPIRO IN: Neil Katz has resigned as president of Liz Claiborne Cosmetics. He will be replaced by Art Spiro, who is leaving his post as general manager of Guerlain. Spiro had been vice president of marketing at Liz Claiborne Cosmetics before...
KATZ OUT, SPIRO IN: Neil Katz has resigned as president of Liz Claiborne Cosmetics. He will be replaced by Art Spiro, who is leaving his post as general manager of Guerlain. Spiro had been vice president of marketing at Liz Claiborne Cosmetics before joining Guerlain last December. According to Guerlain executives, Spiro will remain at Guerlain through the end of 2002. A successor to Spiro has not yet been named by Guerlain; Camille McDonald, president and chief executive officer of Parfums Givenchy, Guerlain and American Designer Fragrances, to whom Spiro reported, will handle Spiro’s duties in the interim.
SAKS EXEC MOVES: The Saks Support Group of Saks Inc. has reorganized top management to succeed Dave Baker, executive vice president of operations and logistics, and Jack Miller, senior vice president of store planning, construction, maintenance and energy. They retire on Jan. 31. Assuming Baker’s role are Mike Rodgers and Dan Dasinger. Rodgers is senior vice president of credit and will be promoted to executive vice president of operations, e-business and credit. Dasinger is vice president of logistics, and will be promoted to senior vice president of logistics. Also, Don Docken has joined the company as senior vice president of store planning, construction, facilities and energy. He will assume Miller’s responsibilities. All will be based in Jackson, Miss., reporting to Jim Coggin, president and chief administrative officer of Saks Inc.
GREENBACKS FOR KMART: Kmart Corp. is seeking bankruptcy court approval on a deal in which the IRS agreed to pay the chain a net tax refund of at least $6.5 million by Nov. 27. The agreement resolves claims the government has against Kmart for corporate income taxes in the year ended January 1999 and for excise taxes for the periods ended on or before Dec. 31, 1998. The IRS determined the refund amount by offsetting claims against Kmart against the amounts it owed Kmart for overpayments. Also, the amount to be paid to Kmart by the IRS could rise by up to $1.5 million, depending on terms to which the parties can further agree on interest for some of the overpayments and underpayments.
Separately, bankruptcy court records indicate that at least five former executives received subpoenas from Kmart as part of the retailer’s internal investigation of its former stewardship. Those filing certificates of service with the court are David Montoya, John Owen, Hector Dominguez and Leo Anguiano, while William Wulfers has filed an objection to some of questions over use of a corporate jet, reimbursements, and whether he had outside contacts with anyone working at Wal-Mart Stores or with Wayne Hood, an analyst at Prudential Securities who first raised the possibility of a Kmart bankruptcy.
@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