ACTIVE PURCHASES: In a move to strengthen control over global brands, Adidas said Wednesday it has repurchased the distribution rights for the Reebok brand in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Armenia and Azerbaijan from ZAO RBK-Retail, Reebok's Russian distributor. Adidas Ltd. Moscow will become the exclusive distributor of Reebok products effective Jan. 1. ZAO RBK-Retail will act as the key account for the Adidas Group. Adidas plans to buy out Reebok distributors and joint ventures around the world as part of its integration strategy for the recently acquired group. The acquisitions are expected to amount to at least 200 million euros, or $256 million in revenue, by 2009. The Herzogenaurach, Germany-based group said the repurchase of distributors in Russia and China offer the greatest revenue growth opportunities.
WANG GOES SILVER: Vera Wang Group and Waterford Wedgwood USA announced a license agreement that will extend the Vera Wang brand into silver. The license will include all sterling silver, silver plate, flatware and gift items. The agreement expands on existing licenses that Wedgwood had for Vera Wang dinnerware, stemware, barware and gifts that date from 2002. Prior to this agreement, the licensing rights for Vera Wang silver and gifts were held by Syratech Corp., which was recently sold to Lifetime Brands. "Vera Wang's four-year partnership with Wedgwood has resulted in a strong and successful tabletop business here in the United States. "By adding silver and gifts to the Wedgwood license, we will create a seamless creative vision for Vera Wang tabletop and a stronger presence in our retail stores," said Laura Lee Miller, president, Vera Wang Licensing LLC, a division of Vera Wang Group, in a statement.
HIGH SCHOOL FASHION: New York's High School of Fashion Industries is prepping to celebrate it's 80th anniversary with a reception honoring Mark Mendelson, chief merchandising officer of Jones Apparel Group, who will receive the "Designing the Future" Distinguished Mentor Award for consistently donating his time to help the school. The reception will be followed by a student fashion show. The event, on May 17, will begin with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. It will take place at the high school, at 225 West 24th Street in Manhattan. Tickets are $80 each and serve as a donation to the school.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@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)