In Brief: Bergdorf’s Italian Windows … Goin’ to the Ginza … Ships Alloy …
BERGDORF’S ITALIAN WINDOWS: Bergdorf Goodman and the Italian Trade Commission have collaborated on the retailer’s latest windows. In a tribute to Italy’s culture and design, beginning last Friday, the women’s and men’s...
BERGDORF’S ITALIAN WINDOWS: Bergdorf Goodman and the Italian Trade Commission have collaborated on the retailer’s latest windows. In a tribute to Italy’s culture and design, beginning last Friday, the women’s and men’s windows on Fifth Avenue feature such Italian vendors as Giorgio Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Moschino, Pucci, Marni, Alberta Ferretti and Valentino set against backdrops of the country’s maps, vintage movie posters and pieces of art. The windows will be in until March 20.
GOIN’ TO THE GINZA: Barneys New York will make its first move into the Ginza. The retailer’s Japanese venture will open a five-story store in the heart of the district in October 2004. Barneys’ third Tokyo unit will have 29,000 square feet of selling space, with two floors underground, and will be bigger than its Shinjuku unit. A company statement said Barneys Japan selected Ginza because "of its mixture of classic and modern image as well as its forward-looking sense of the market." The new store, the design of which will be based on Barneys’ flagship on Madison Avenue, is expected to generate sales of $42.4 million dollars in its first year. Barneys Japan opened its first store in Shinjuku in 1990 and the second store in Yokohama in 1993. The company, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isetan Department Store, projects sales of $92.4 million for the fiscal year ending March 31. In the first half ended August 2002, the Shinjuku unit generated $27.7 million, up 2.4 percent from a year ago, while its Yokohama unit generated sales of $14.7 million, a decline of 1.9 percent from a year earlier.
SHIPS ALLOY:A shareholder lawsuit seeking class-action status was filed against Alloy Inc. and three of its executives in Manhattan federal court last week. Matthew Diamond, chief executive officer; James Johnson Jr., president and chief operating officer, and Samuel Gradess, chief financial officer, were named in the suit. The lawsuit alleges that the company violated federal securities laws by issuing misleading statements regarding the merchandising and advertising segments of its business. A company spokeswoman said that the "lawsuit is frivolous and that the company will defend itself vigorously." Milberg Weiss is one of the three law firms representing the shareholders.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye