VIVENDI WOES: Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, has resigned his post on the advisory board of Vivendi Universal SA, the troubled media and utilities giant. The move came a day after Vivendi shares plunged 23 percent, to...
VIVENDI WOES: Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, has resigned his post on the advisory board of Vivendi Universal SA, the troubled media and utilities giant. The move came a day after Vivendi shares plunged 23 percent, to 1989 levels, over concerns for its mounting debt and dwindling cash flow. Arnault declined to comment on the reasons for his decision. Vivendi chairman Jean-Marie Messier is a member of LVMH's advisory board and the two titans are considered friends. They have also been business allies in the past. Two years ago, during the war over Gucci between Arnault and archrival Francois Pinault, Messier helped hammer out a proposed solution to the standoff. Arnault had been a member of Vivendi's advisory board since 1996. Meanwhile, Messier is expected to remain on LVMH's advisory board, whose members also include Diego Della Valle, Pierre Gode and Albert Frere.HAPPY HALLOWEEN: The Committee for the Implementation of Textiles & Apparel has reversed an earlier decision to slap imported Halloween and assorted costumes with quotas and visa requirements, beginning June 1. CITA announced Tuesday that it would exempt imported costumes from quotas and visas "until further notice" because the U.S. Customs Service is appealing a decision handed down by the U.S. Court of International Trade. The matter stems from a case involving Rubie's Costume Co. in which the court ruled in favor of Rubie's, which argued that the classification of imported costumes should be changed from the toy category, which enters the U.S. duty and quota free, to apparel, which is controlled by quotas and duties. CITA said it would revisit the issue once a decision on the appeal is issued.DAY IN COURT: Workers at Yves Saint Laurent couture will again be crowding into a Paris courtroom. As reported, a court last week rejected French tycoon Francois Pinault's attempt to force the retiring couturier's 150 workers to accept the sale of the house to fashion manufacturer Patrice Bouygues. But Pinault's family holding company, Artemis, which funded the couture, plans to appeal and will ask a judge today to fix a date for a hearing. The workers' committee has invited members to be present to show their resolve and remind the judge of their opposition.Levi's Low Look: Levi's plans to bang the low-rise drum in all its fall advertising, starting with a print campaign to break in August magazines. Tagged "Dangerously Low," the ads show models in gritty environments wearing Levi's low-rise styles for men and women. The theme is to be carried through into the company's yet-to-be completed TV campaign, as well. The ads are scheduled to appear in magazines including Teen People, Glamour, FHM and Maxim through December.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia