STEELE DEAL: Lawrence Steele has signed a six-year licensing agreement for all his products and distribution with Alberto Aspesi, a leading Italian apparel sportswear manufacturer. Before this deal for production and worldwide distribution, Aspesi...
STEELE DEAL: Lawrence Steele has signed a six-year licensing agreement for all his products and distribution with Alberto Aspesi, a leading Italian apparel sportswear manufacturer. Before this deal for production and worldwide distribution, Aspesi only produced Steele’s sportswear; Casor handled the ready-to-wear and Miss Deanna, a knitwear maker recently acquired by Giorgio Armani, fashioned the sweaters. Those agreements expired. Aspesi, founded 35 years ago, also produces apparel for Comme des Garçons. "Having developed my brand through three licensees…often meant designing bigger collections to satisfy everyone’s production needs. Now, it will be more streamlined and focused," said the 39-year-old American designer, whose collection bowed in 1994. Steele will trade his usual runway show for a more "intimate" showroom presentation starting on Sept. 27 in Milan. According to recent talk on the acquisitions front, Aspesi, based in Legnano, near Milan, has caught the attention of such Italian groups as the Bulgari-led Opera, Diego Della Valle’s Tod’s Group and Sinv, the manufacturing company that recently acquired Byblos. Executives at Sinv and Tod’s couldn’t be reached, whilethe word at Opera was "no comment."
CHANGES AT EW: James W. Seymore, who for months had been rumored to be leaving his post as managing editor of Entertainment Weekly, was succeeded Tuesday by Rick Tetzeli, deputy managing editor of Fortune. Seymore will become an editor-at-large at Time Inc. During his 12-year tenure, EW won four National Magazine Awards, including two for general excellence. In addition, Andy Sareyan, president of The Parenting Group, has been named president of Entertainment Weekly. He succeeds John Squires, who became an executive vice president of Time Inc. last July. Meantime, Peter Bonventre, executive editor of EW, who was reportedly in the running for the managing editor’s post, has been named editorial director of the magazine, where he will continue to provide senior editorial leadership as well as work with the business side to identify and develop new ventures and opportunities. He reports to Sareyan and Tetzeli.
KMART ISP EXIT: In a notice filed Tuesday with the court overseeing Kmart Corp.’s bankruptcy, the distressed retailer and its BlueLight.com LLC unit have agreed to sell the assets of their dial-up Internet and e-mail services division to NetBrands Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of United Online Inc. Terms of the sale were not disclosed and the final price will be subject to higher bids at an auction to be held later. Formerly known as BlueLight.com and now known as Kmart.com, the assets are part of the companies’ BlueLight Unlimited Internet Service, a $8.95 a month Internet service provider. The companies said the sale will not affect the operation of the site.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews