A LITTLE HELP: Fashion companies are asking the Italian government for a break in these trying economic times. Sistema Moda Italia, a consortium of more than 1,500 Italian textile and fashion firms, said its representatives met Monday with Industry...
A LITTLE HELP: Fashion companies are asking the Italian government for a break in these trying economic times. Sistema Moda Italia, a consortium of more than 1,500 Italian textile and fashion firms, said its representatives met Monday with Industry Minister Antonio Marzano and laid out a series of proposals, including tax breaks for small companies, coordinated promotion for Italian goods and a crackdown on counterfeit goods. SMI said the ministry has agreed to set up a committee to evaluate the requests and implement them accordingly.
DEADLINE EXTENSION: The Securities and Exchange Commission has been granted three additional months to file a claim against bankrupt Kmart Corp., should it choose to do so. The federal bankruptcy court handling the Kmart case gave the SEC until Oct. 29 to put forth a claim, versus the original July 31 deadline. The extension doesn’t preclude additional extensions from being requested or granted.
RECRUITMENT CHANGE: Advance Magazine Publishers Inc., whose divisions include WWD parent Fairchild Publications, Condé Nast Publications, the Golf Digest Cos., Parade Publications and CondéNet, has eliminated its centralized recruiting department for general staffing after trying it for four months. "The majority of that recruiting will be best handled at the local level," said a spokeswoman for Advance. AMPI will retain a small group to handle research and general candidate sourcing. Pammy Brooks, who had headed the centralized recruitment department, will work with that team. The spokeswoman declined to divulge how many jobs were affected but said some people were reassigned. Centralized recruiting handled general staffing, as well as marketing and ad sales posts, but didn’t recruit at the executive level, publishers or editors in chief.
VIETNAM NTR CONFIRMED: The House was expected to defeat an attempt Tuesday night to end Vietnam’s normal trade relation status, which President Bush renewed last month. With NTR, Vietnam is eligible to receive low U.S. duties given to most trading partners. Vietnam, although still representing just 0.17 percent of the apparel and textiles imported into the U.S., has seen U.S. shipments surge this year by 199 percent. Vietnam must face annual renewal of its trade status because it’s a non-democratic country and the President must certify that it allows its citizens to emigrate.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty