BG GETS CREATIVE: Aidan Kemp, senior art director of Bergdorf Goodman since September 2000, has been named vice president of advertising and creative director, Jim Gold, the store's president and chief executive officer, said Wednesday. Kemp replaces Ted Deitert, who left the company earlier this month. Deitert reported to Michael Crotty, senior vice president of marketing, who, as reported, is leaving the company to become ceo of Fotolog, a photo blogging service. A spokeswoman said it hasn't been decided to whom Kemp will report. Kemp, who will oversee and execute the Bergdorf Goodman Magazine, also will be responsible for advertising and direct mail. Prior to joining Bergdorf Goodman, Kemp was men's editor at J. Crew and worked at the Arnell Group, an advertising agency with clients such as Fendi, Donna Karan, The Limited, Banana Republic and Chanel.
AMIES GETS CASH INJECTION: Hardy Amies, the Savile Row couture and ready-to-wear house that is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, has just received a cash boost. The company, which is listed on London's AIM stock exchange, got a cash injection of 2.8 million pounds, or $5 million, from Arev, an Icelandic company. Tim Maltin, who has been spearheading the company's turnaround, will remain chief executive. "Essentially, Arev is backing me to carry on the work I have been doing," Maltin told WWD. Maltin has been seeking to build the company through licensing deals in the U.K. and abroad, and increasing numbers of retail outlets for the men's and women's rtw. Arev now holds a 49 percent stake in Hardy Amies, with the remaining 51 percent held by private individuals. The company's founder and namesake, who once dressed Queen Elizabeth, died in 2003. Ian Garlant, who trained under him, is the company's creative director and designer.
VUITTON'S JAPAN MAN: LVJ Group has tapped Kiyotaka Fujii as president of the Japanese arm of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Fujii also will manage Louis Vuitton Japan Co. as president and chief executive officer. He will succeed Kyojiro Hara, who worked for the brand for 28 years. Fujii takes on his new role on May 8. Hara will become a member of the director's board of Louis Vuitton Malletier in Paris and special adviser to Yves Carcelle, Louis Vuitton's chairman and ceo. Emanuel Pratt, president of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Japan, also will become a representative director of LVJ Group. LVJ Group consists of Louis Vuitton, Loewe, Celine, Fendi, Emilio Pucci, Berluti and Celux. Louis Vuitton has 52 stores, including 40 stores in department stores, throughout Japan.
@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)
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