MORE BAD NEWS FOR BOSS: Orders for Hugo Boss’ spring 2003 collection are down 4 percent on the year so far, confirmed a spokesman for Marzotto, which owns the German fashion house. Boss is seeing hard times in its two biggest markets, with...
MORE BAD NEWS FOR BOSS: Orders for Hugo Boss’ spring 2003 collection are down 4 percent on the year so far, confirmed a spokesman for Marzotto, which owns the German fashion house. Boss is seeing hard times in its two biggest markets, with orders in Germany and North America down 10 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Nonetheless, he said Hugo Boss should still make its 2002 net profit target of $69.8 million. (Dollar figure is converted from the euro at current exchange rates.) As reported, Boss has been plagued with financial and legal problems this year, including several profit warnings and a shareholder lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court against the company and two former key executives of its U.S. unit, Marty Staff, and Vincent Ottomanelli, alleging securities law violations.
WORKSHOP DISMISSES DIRECTOR: Hortensia de Hutten, executive director of the boutique-style Workshop NY trade show and the show of a similar format in Paris, has been dismissed, but a spokeswoman for the show, scheduled for Sept. 22-25 at Chelsea Market, confirmed Wednesday that it will go on. "The show will be the same for September, same format, with lots of hip and cool designers," the spokeswoman said. But in an e-mail sent to WWD by de Hutten on Wednesday, the former executive director said she was "suddenly fired" and wrote: "Some of the exhibitors who knew me and my work are a bit worried about what will happen. Also, for 10 years, the image of Workshop, which I founded, has been built on my name and professional reputation." Calls to Workshop’s press office in Paris were unreturned Wednesday.
ILO NAMES MYANMAR LIAISON: As part of its effort to end the use of forced labor in Myanmar, the International Labour Organization on Wednesday named Hông-Trang Perret-Nguyen as its liaison officer to the country. The ILO said that in March the Myanmar government agreed to work with their liaison officer, whose job will be "to establish strategies to effectively address the root causes of the forced labor situation in Myanmar." The government of Myanmar, has been accused of forcing its citizens to toil on building infrastructure improvements like roads and power plants, causing some groups to call for a boycott of its goods. Perret-Nguyen, director of the ILO’s industrial relations department in Geneva, will start in her new role in October.
LANDS’ END FIT: Landsend.com is expanding its custom-fit offerings from chinos and jeans to include tailored shirts and additional pants styles and fabrics. "No longer are shoppers pushed into a prefabricated bucket of ‘size 10’ or ‘32-34,’" said Bill Bass, senior vice president of e-commerce at Lands’ End. The Dodgeville, Wis.-based company plans to roll out additional custom-fit clothing categories in the next year.
“I think what’s so interesting about the #MeToo movement and this whole new wave of feminism in general, is that women are finally seeing, ’Oh I can start my own company, oh I can lear to code, oh I can leave my nine-to-five job and do the thing I want to do,” said @brooklyndecker ahead of her @sxsw talk for @createcultivate. The former model took the stage to share wisdom about networking and female-driven entrepreneurship. #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech at the @sxsw conference for @createcultivate, the online platform and conference series for women. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.