TAUBMAN’S ROUND ONE: A federal court in Michigan granted Taubman Centers’ motion to dismiss a claim by hostile takeover suitor Simon Property Group that it is attempting to deny shareholders the power to call a special meeting. In an...
TAUBMAN’S ROUND ONE: A federal court in Michigan granted Taubman Centers’ motion to dismiss a claim by hostile takeover suitor Simon Property Group that it is attempting to deny shareholders the power to call a special meeting. In an amended filing with the Michigan court that is hearing the case, Indianapolis-based Simon last year alleged that Taubman was trying to block its then $1.5 billion bid by improperly changing the bylaws of the company. Simon, in a new joint venture with a subsidiary of Westfield America, has since upped the bid to $1.8 billion. The court, however, said Simon could proceed with another claim related to the anti-takeover law, a hearing for which will take place March 21.
TIMES HIRES KANTOR: The New York Times Wednesday named Jodi Kantor the editor of the Sunday paper’s Arts & Leisure section, reporting to culture editor Steve Erlanger. Kantor, currently an editor at the Web-zine Slate, emerged as a candidate only a few weeks ago, nudging aside more whispered names like former Harper’s Bazaar editor Kate Betts. Kantor, 27, has worked at Slate since dropping out of Harvard Law School in 1998, editing the site’s cultural coverage under editor in chief Jacob Weisberg. Kantor replaces acting editor William McDonald, who will become deputy culture editor reporting to Erlanger.
MORE FULL FRONTAL: The Full Frontal Fashion team is headed for Europe for the first time this season, where they will no doubt pontificate endlessly on the geniuses that are Miuccia and Nicholas. For 52 days, Metro Stories, the sister channel to MetroTV, will air the team of Christina Ha, Judy Licht and Robert Verdi, going from city to city covering the collections. The coverage will start in New York on Feb. 8. For the next week, the station will air fashion coverage round-the-clock, after which it will move to a 12-hour-a day schedule, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
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