BY GEORGE! A FASHION STUDIO: George, the Wal-Mart/ASDA fashion collection, has opened its first fashion studio in a bid to streamline its design and production operations and reduce the lead time on its fast-fashion collections. The studio opened...
BY GEORGE! A FASHION STUDIO: George, the Wal-Mart/ASDA fashion collection, has opened its first fashion studio in a bid to streamline its design and production operations and reduce the lead time on its fast-fashion collections. The studio opened earlier this month, and is across the street from the U.K. Wal-Mart/ASDA headquarters in Leeds. "With design, pattern-cutting and sample-making under one roof, we will be able to cut our lead times by about two weeks," said Andy Bond, managing director of the George at ASDA brand. "The studio will also help us ensure the product is as consistent as possible," he said before the presentation of George’s spring collection. George’s fast-fashion collections usually take seven or eight weeks to go from sketch to store, and appear every two weeks at Wal-Mart/ASDA stores. In the U.K., Wal-Mart/ASDA is the second-biggest volume clothing retailer, after Marks & Spencer.
GOLUB TO GADZOOKS: Nancy Golub has joined Gadzooks Inc. as divisional merchandise manager of accessories. She succeeds Ellen Neiger, who has moved to the company’s planning operations. Golub reports to general merchandising manager Tory Myers, who in turn reports to chief merchandising officer Paula Masters. Golub has 13 years of experience in the fashion retail industry, most recently at Wet Seal Inc. Prior to that, she held buying positions at Zale Corp., County Seat Stores Inc., and the Express division of Limited Brands. In a statement, as reported, on Jan. 22 the Dallas-based specialty retailer said that beginning with the back-to-school season, it will eliminate all men’s merchandise and "reinvent" itself as a retailer of women’s apparel and accessories only. Masters said that Golub’s "knowledge of the female consumer makes her a perfect fit for our new concept."
LESLIE FAY NAMES CIO: The Leslie Fay Co. Inc. has named Ann Joyce to the new position of chief information officer. Joyce is responsible for overseeing all corporate systems and information-related activities. Prior to joining Leslie Fay, Joyce was vice president of wholesale and corporate applications for Polo Ralph Lauren’s U.S. business. She reports to Leslie Fay chief executive W. John Short, who said reducing lead time through information technology is expected to improve profitability.
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