- ASDA LOSES GEORGE CHIEF: Angela Spindler, managing director of the George line at Asda, Wal-Mart’s U.K. arm, has abruptly stepped down from her post and quit the company. The retailer said Spindler, a 10-year Asda veteran, had left for “family reasons.” She had replaced Andy Bond, who is now Asda’s president and chief executive, at the end of 2005. Bond temporarily will cover the job until a replacement is found, the company said. Spindler’s departure comes at a pivotal time for the brand. As reported, George will go online early next year, and there are plans in the works for a U.S. relaunch. However, industry sources said Asda is not opening George stores fast enough, and the brand is losing ground to competitors. Over the past year, Asda has lost share of the U.K. clothing market by sales volume. Asda currently has 7.5 percent, compared with Tesco’s 8.6 percent, Primark’s 8.9 percent and Marks & Spencer’s 11.4 percent.
- WAGE WOES FOR ARCADIA: Sir Philip Green, owner of Topshop and its parent, Arcadia, is investigating a report by the Sunday Times of London that one of the group’s knitwear suppliers in Mauritius is engaging in nonethical work practices. The report said Sri Lankan, Indian and Bangladeshi workers on the island were being paid less than $10 a day for up to 12 hours of work, six days a week. The wages, it said, are 40 percent below the island’s average, and are fixed according to race, with the Bangladeshis earning the least. “Arcadia takes exceptionally seriously the code of conduct which all suppliers sign,” an Arcadia statement said Monday. “Serious breaches will not be tolerated and a remedy will be sought [if any] have occurred.”
- TAKING CHINA TO THE WTO: Following through on its trade case against China, the U.S. asked the World Trade Organization to establish a dispute settlement panel to examine China’s policies for the protection of intellectual property rights. The U.S. brought the case against China in April and the two countries met to discuss the issue in early June, but were unable to come to an accord. The U.S. maintains that China doesn’t do enough to protect intellectual property. For instance, Chinese criminal law has a threshold, whereby people are not prosecuted until they are caught with a certain number of pirated goods.
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For @laperlalingerie's spring 2018 show, the brand chose to host their event at @thevenetianmacao. With Chinese megastars @bingbing_fan and @hubing in attendance, La Perla debuted a rock ‘n’ roll-inspired collection. The show marked the start of Sands Macao Fashion Week, which runs from October 19 to 24 — the city’s first such event. Pictured here are models backstage with glimmering eyes. #wwdfashion (📷: Cheuk-Yin To)
Trending for spring 2018: top stitch design. Gone are the days of stitch just for seams — designers are using the once-minimal detail to create strong decorative elements. (📷: Paola Testa; Styled by @andrew_shang) #wwdfashion
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)