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.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews