ABERCROMBIE'S TROUBLES: Teen specialty chain Abercrombie & Fitch was named as defendant in a shareholder lawsuit filed in a federal court in Columbus, Ohio, seeking class-action status, alleging that the firm and certain executives provided misinformation about the company's financial statements. The law firm of Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman filed the lawsuit on behalf of purchasers of A&F stock between May 17 and Aug. 3. Also named as defendants were Michael S. Jeffries, chairman and chief executive, and Robert S. Singer, president and chief operating officer. According to the law firm in a statement, the lawsuit also raised issues in connection with the timing of stock sales by Jeffries. The firm did not return a call for comment by press time.
NB COATS COMING: Watch out, North Face. New Balance has signed a deal with the Levy Group for women's and men's performance outerwear for fall 2006. The initial products will include shell and fleece looks designed for outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing. A collection of lifestyle offerings made of wool, cotton and goose down as well as parkas and rainwear are slated to roll out in spring 2007. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Levy has also put together a team to oversee this business: Todd Katz has joined the Levy Group as president of NB Outerwear; Shannon Hayward is vice president, and Anne Hamilton is design director.
CONWAY SUED: Rocawear Licensing LLC and Roc Apparel Group LLC filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Conway Stores Inc. alleging that Conway intentionally infringed on Rocawear trademarks in manufacturing, distributing and selling items that had similar marks on them without the company's permission. The allegations pertain to three registered trademarks for clothing and footwear: the Rocawear trademark, the Rocawear plus RW Design trademark and the R Stitch design mark. The allegations include trademark infringement, federal unfair competition, dilution and common law unfair competition and trademark infringement. Conway did not respond to calls for comment by press time. The lawsuit claimed Conway used allegedly infringing trademarks on products "with full knowledge of the fame and reputation of the Rocawear marks." The complaint asked that Conway be both preliminary and permanently enjoined from using Rocawear's trademarks or any similar marks. The lawsuit asked for unspecified treble and punitive damages.
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