BOSS CHANGES: Hugo Boss is discontinuing its previous top-of-the-line men's wear collection Baldessarini after delivery of the spring 2007 offering. The Metzingen, Germany-based fashion house said fragrances under the Baldessarini name marketed by Procter & Gamble would not be affected. In 2005, the Baldessarini brand had sales of 17 million euros, or $20.5 million. In the future, Boss Selection will function as Boss' premium men's wear line. In its first year, Boss Selection posted sales of 20 million euros, or $24.1 million. The company said it aims to double this figure to 40 million euros, or $48.3 million, within three years. Boss has not yet released sales figures for 2005, but in the first nine months, the group achieved sales of 439 million euros, or $529.9 million.
WAL-MART COMMITS TO DIVERSITY: The compensation committee of the board for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said in a filing Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it established an "objective diversity initiative" as a performance measure in its management incentive plan for fiscal 2007. "The committee set diversity goals to motivate officers to achieve the company's diversity initiatives while adhering to the company's commitment to select the most qualified individual for each position," the retailer said in the filing, adding that the incentive payment "can be reduced by up to 15 percent for not achieving the company's diversity initiatives for fiscal 2007."
PRET EXPANDING: The Paris Prêt à Porter trade event organizers continue to expand abroad, with plans to stage two additional shows in Manhattan this September. Hervé Huchet, the firm's fashion director, said the Prêt would stage a second Train show as well as an accessories forum to be called The Box. "The second Train show will have a more commercial focus," said Huchet. "We hope to have 100 exhibitors for the first edition, and another 50 for the first Box show." The Paris Prêt launched its first Train event in September 2004 in the Terminal Stores in Manhattan. Venues for the new shows have yet to be determined. Meanwhile, Huchet said the Paris Prêt also would launch The Box in France, starting with its October edition, which is sure to mean competition for the Première Classe accessories fair that convenes concurrent to the runway shows.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia