STAND BY YOUR MAN: Reebok isn’t about to walk away from NBA star Allen Iverson, who was charged Thursday with criminal trespassing, carrying an unlicensed gun and seven other counts. Reebok execs contend the hoopster’s stardom is to blame,...
STAND BY YOUR MAN: Reebok isn’t about to walk away from NBA star Allen Iverson, who was charged Thursday with criminal trespassing, carrying an unlicensed gun and seven other counts. Reebok execs contend the hoopster’s stardom is to blame, not the gun that was allegedly tucked in his waistband on July 3, when he and his uncle were said to have forced their way into a West Philadelphia apartment in the middle of the night looking for Iverson’s wife.In defense of Iverson, a Reebok-sponsored athlete, Denise Kaigler, vice president of global communications said, "We are obviously disappointed with today’s decision. It is Allen’s celebrity status, not the facts, that continues to fuel these proceedings. We firmly believe that Allen will be vindicated and Reebok, along with his millions of fans, will still be standing by him when he is."
END OF THE FIRST PART: Fin.part reported that its sales for the first half of the calendar year rose 18 percent to $214.8 million from $182 million in the comparable period last year. A statement issued by the company noted that Cerruti, whichowns Fin.part, grew 34 percent in the period. Sales of the sportswear division — which includes Henry Cotton’s, Moncler, MarinaYachting andCerruti Jeans — grew 30 percent. Comprehensive financial results, including earnings, for the first half will be released later.
HALSTON’S NEW HOME: In an effort to revitalize its image, Halston LLC said Wednesday it had reached a licensing agreement with newly formed Design Textiles International USA to create bed, bath and tabletop products bearing the Halston name. Halston had a line of home furnishings in the Seventies and Eighties under previous ownership. Halston president and chief executive officer James Ammeen said the design process started more than a year ago and products will start retailing next month. Ammeen said he expects the business to represent $50 million in sales in two years. During the past 12 months, Halston has overhauled its licensing program, canceling deals for footwear, handbags, scarves, women’s suits, watches and furs.
STAYING SOUTH OF THE BORDER: Guess Inc. Friday denied published reports that it would seek to sever its ties with contractors in Mexico after the recent hijacking outside of Mexico City of a truckload of its merchandise. Calling the incident and an unspecified number of other robberies in Mexico "part of doing business," Guess president and chief operating officer Carlos Alberini said in a published report that the Los Angeles-based jeanswear and sportswear firm is staying put with its Mexican contractors and working with Mexican authorities to close security loopholes and explore the recent theft, which reportedly resulted in the loss of more than $250,000 worth of goods.
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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye