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 grew up in New York but I hadn’t really experienced the city in any type of touristy way…This was probably the first museum I really explored and took the time to see,” said @haileybaldwin of the @whitneymuseum. On Tuesday night, Baldwin was joined by Jemima Kirke and more at the annual Whitney Museum Gala and Studio Party, which honored Lorna Simpson, Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo and Beth Rudin DeWoody. See more photos on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
Displayed starting this week at the @fashiontextilemuseum: An exhibition on designer @orlakiely titled “Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern,” which spans two decades and contains more than 150 pieces. “I want people to come away loving pattern and print. It’s something that makes you feel so good,” said the designer during a preview of the exhibit. Also on show are mood boards, samples, sketches and more. Head to WWD.com to see more photos. #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @dsquared2 signs fragrance licensing agreement with Euroitalia, with the first effort of the new partnership being unveiled in September. The brand will launch two scents – one for men and one for women – in Italy. Read our interview with designer Dean and Dan Caten on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@louisvuitton has officially renewed Nicolas Ghesquière’s contract as artistic director of women's collections. "I am very pleased to open the next chapter of the story I started with Louis Vuitton almost 5 years ago," said Ghesquière, who first signed on to design the French luxury brand's women's line in 2013. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
“I learned then and there that I had to figure out a way in life to maintain and preserve my sense of pride when I felt good about what I did or what I represented or created,” said @saintrecords on how being bullied for wearing capri pants inspired her to be the artist she is today. Knowles was at the 70th Parsons Benefit last night where she outbid the room for a Dapper Dan customized @gucci experience. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“There’s this amazing braintrust of people who know the whole universe so well. So we talked to them and they gave us more input,” said actor Alden Ehrenreich on playing the young Han Solo in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The cast was at NYC’s SVA Theatre last night for an advanced screening of the film, which hits theaters this week. #wwdeye #starwars #hansolo (📷: @aurorarosedecrosta)
@asaprocky spent nearly two hours in a Plexiglas box Sunday night at @sothebys putting himself through a series of “tests” to demonstrate the process of completing his new album called “Testing.” Get all the details and see all the pictures on WWD.com. #wwdeye
“I’ve struggled my whole life to find a bathing suit that fits me that doesn’t look like a maternity bra. I’m proud of the line because it’s an accurate representation of me rather than me putting on someone else’s clothes,” says @atlantabean of her swimwear collaboration with @piaarrobio, LPA X ATL. The two decided on a swimwear collab and increased the industry standard size for the pieces. Read more about the line — and our interview with de Cadenet Taylor and Arrobio — on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Dan Doperalski)