S&P UPGRADES: Taking a rosier view on Kohl’s Corp., Standard & Poor’s raised its outlook on the Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based retailer to positive from stable and reaffirmed its "A-minus" corporate credit rating. The firm’s $133...
S&P UPGRADES: Taking a rosier view on Kohl’s Corp., Standard & Poor’s raised its outlook on the Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based retailer to positive from stable and reaffirmed its "A-minus" corporate credit rating. The firm’s $133 million 364-dayrevolving credit facility maturing in July and its $532 million revolving credit facility due in 2007 were also assigned "A-minus" ratings. "The outlook anticipates that Kohl’s business and financial risk profiles will improve, given strong growth prospects for the company through store expansion and superior execution," said fixed-income analyst Diane Shand in a statement. S&P also raised its long-term debt rating on TJX Cos. to "A" from "A-minus," citing consistently good operating performance, strong market position and the expectation that its conservative management approach will be maintained as the firm’s growth spurt continues. The short-term rating was also brought up to "A-1" from "A-2" while the off-pricer’s credit outlook remained stable.
REDBOOK HONORS: First Lady Laura Bush delivered the keynote address at Redbook’s fifth annual "Mothers & Shakers" awards luncheon Thursday at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Bush, dressed in a lavender suit, told the audience she was delighted to be among so many "friends and friendly faces" who share the common goal of bettering America. "The achievements today are diverse, but what they have in common is humanity," said the First Lady, before citing the President’s plea for Americans to volunteer more. The honorees included Tyra Banks, for working to boost pre-teens’ self-esteem; Maria Cuomo Cole, for aiding the homeless; The Dixie Chicks, for helping save endangered species and protecting the environment; Angie Harmon, for fighting video voyeurism; Marlee Matlin, for working to keep the nation’s blood supply full, and Laura San Giacomo, for raising awareness about classroom diversity. Jayne Jamison, vice president and publisher of Redbook, which is celebrating its centennial, plugged the magazine’s new, updated look: "We look pretty good for 100, don’t you think?"
MADISON SHOES: Via Spiga, the shoe and accessory retailer, is moving to 692 Madison Avenue, between 62nd and 63rd Streets, according to Stuart Ellman and Helene Wall Fagan of Judson Realty LLC, the broker representing the landlord and the tenant. Via Spiga will have three levels and 3,600 square feet, and aggregate rent in excess of $7 million, Ellman said. Via Spiga is currently at 765 Madison Avenue.
KASPER’S EUROPEAN PRESIDENT: Kasper ASL Ltd. has appointed Henrik Madsen president of its European division. Madsen will report to John D. Idol, chairman and chief executive officer of the company, and he will be responsible for women’s apparel for Anne Klein New York, AK Anne Klein, Albert Nipon, Kasper and Le Suit brands throughout Europe and the Middle East. Madsen has spent seven years building the international business for the French Connection Group in London, and prior to that, he was with the Prada Group in Milan, where he served as brand director for Miu Miu.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)