A CONVERSE RULING: An arbitrator awarded Alon International SA, a former Converse licensee in South America, $52.5 million in damages in negotiations over a contract with the Nike subsidiary. Nike said the liability would likely result in a charge to earnings for the company's fourth quarter that ends May 31. Confidentiality provisions in the rules of the arbitration forbid Nike from commenting on the details of the ruling. "We disagree with the ruling and will exercise our legal right to challenge both the award and the amount of the damages," Nike general counsel Jim Carter said in a statement. Alon held the Converse license in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. The specific amount of the fourth-quarter charge will be determined by the arbitrator's decision about attorney's fees. Nike's assessment of the outcome of any further proceedings will also affect the amount. Nike is expected to report its sales and earnings at the end of June.
HOUSE OF TAYLOR SELLS NOTES: House of Taylor Jewelry, a Los Angeles company partly owned by Elizabeth Taylor and Kathy Ireland, said it has sold a portion of its senior, secured convertible notes and warrants to institutional and other accredited investors. The portion sold amounted to $11.6 million before deductions for fees and expenses. The deal will boost financing, which House of Taylor president and chief executive officer Jack Abramov said will be used to fund inventory purchasing, execute marketing and corporate partnering initiatives and generate general working capital. Abramov said management and other principal shareholders participated in the private offering on the same terms as other investors.
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)
Breaking News: @hedislimane joins @celine as its new artistic, creative and image director. One of fashion’s preeminent image-makers and trendsetters, Slimane is to join the LVMH brand on Feb. 1 and unveil his first fashion proposition for men and women next September during Paris Fashion Week. It marks a major homecoming for Slimane, who cemented his reputation – and influenced men’s tailoring for more than a decade – as the designer of Dior Homme between 2000 and 2007. He went on to reinvent and ignite the house of Yves Saint Laurent, which he rechristened Saint Laurent, between 2012 and 2016 – all the while maintaining a close relationship with the Arnault family, which controls LVMH and Dior. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
“Personally I believe the Eighties have been the richest and more vivacious period for international fashion,” Giorgio Armani said when asked what his favorite decade of fashion is. It was a moment of disruption and experimentation and only thinking back to the first years of that decade is always an emotion for me, for what they have meant to me and my work.” The influence is clear in @giorgioarmani spring 2018 collection, pictured here, which was full of bright colors and unexpected prints. Read more about which decades designers loved most on WWD.com #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
For Lady Gaga’s only Italian show on her “Joanne World Tour,” the singer wore a range of @versace_official outfits. The standout piece: this custom-made bodysuit inspired by the brand’s spring 2018 collection. #wwdfashion (RG: @ladygaga)
@_camillaruth_ is expanding on the wellness-craze concept with @westbourne – a new NYC restaurant that’s both a healthy-minded café as well as a business that gives back to the community. Marcus works with the Robin Hood foundation to give back to The Door, a non-profit providing youth development services, and also hires employees through The Door. Read our full interview with Marcus on giving back through food on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)