TIME FOR CHANGE: Nora McAniff, newly minted executive vice president of Time Inc., has shuffled her staff. Group president Ann Jackson, who is responsible for Real Simple, The Parenting Group and Time Inc.’s relationship with Essence, adds In...
TIME FOR CHANGE: Nora McAniff, newly minted executive vice president of Time Inc., has shuffled her staff. Group president Ann Jackson, who is responsible for Real Simple, The Parenting Group and Time Inc.’s relationship with Essence, adds In Style to her portfolio. Stephanie George, president of In Style, now reports to Jackson. George had reported to Ann Moore, who was namedchairman and chief executive of Time Inc. last month. Peter Bauer has been named president of People. He was the magazine’s publisher. Those duties were handled by McAniff, who had been president of the People Group. Jackson and Bauer report to McAniff.
ABOVE THE FRAY: Wal-Mart Stores will begin to expense options with the start of its next fiscal year on Feb. 1, 2003. Also on Wednesday, Wal-Mart chief executive Lee Scott and chief financial officer Thomas Schoewe signed sworn statements attesting to the accuracy of the firm’s financial statements ahead of the September deadline for companies with fiscal years ending Jan. 31. Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. Wednesday joined Sears Roebuck & Co., Burlington Industries, DuPont and Gap Inc., which, as reported, filed on Tuesday among fashion and retail firms complying with the SEC deadline. Liz Claiborne Inc., Kohl’s Corp. and VF Corp. filed on Wednesday, ahead of their required deadlines. None of the companies reported restated operating statements. Jones Apparel Group was also scheduled to file by Wednesday, but at press time it could not be confirmed if it had.
LEVI’S DOWNGRADE: Moody’s Investors Service downgraded its ratings Wednesday on seven issues of Levi Strauss & Co.’s debt, affecting approximately $2.1 billion in securities. The San Francisco-based owner of the Levi’s and Dockers brands had its senior implied rating reduced one place to B2 from B1 and its senior unsecured issuer rating demoted two places to Caa1 from B2. Both are considered speculative or "junk" status, as were the previous ratings. Levi’s overall negative rating was maintained.
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
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion