- BURBERRY OPENS IN AZERBAIJAN: Burberry is looking east. The London-based fashion and luxury goods firm opened its first store in Azerbaijan Friday, in Baku, the country's capital. The 2,368-square-foot store is located on Neftchiler Avenue in the city, and carries the Burberry Prorsum women's wear collection, alongside Burberry London's men's and women's lines. It also carries Burberry's accessories — including the label's Warrior bag — and the brand's eyewear, fragrances and timepieces. Other brands on Neftchiler Avenue include Escada and Ermenegildo Zegna, while Emporio Armani, Versace and Tru Trussardi all have stores in Baku. New York-based architecture firm O'Neil Langan designed the Burberry store, and its interiors are decorated with pale stone floors and dark wood fittings. This summer, the company plans to open a seventh Russian store inEkaterinburg and its first Hungarian store, in Budapest.
- HERMES' NEW FOUNDATION: Hermès International said Tuesday it was establishing a foundation to oversee its philanthropic endeavors and to bolster its efforts in social and environmental responsibility. The Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès, headquartered in Paris and with an initial five-year mission, will be dedicated to promoting and preserving craft skills and supporting such creative fields as design, visual arts and performing arts, the company said. On the corporate social responsibility front, Hermès plans to support organizations that promote education and training and support environmental research. Hermès said the foundation has a budget of 18.5 million euros, or $28.8 at current exchange, and would be run by Catherine Tsekenis.
- NEW CREDIT FACILITY: AnnTaylor Stores Corp. has increased its revolving credit facility to $250 million from $175 million, according to a Securities and Exchange filing on Tuesday. The new facility, which involves six banks including Bank of America N.A., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Wachovia Bank N.A., also allows AnnTaylor to borrow an additional $100 million. The company said in the filing that it does not anticipate borrowing against the new facility to fund working capital needs of the business.
Assouline is paying homage to the late Azzedine Alaïa with a reprint of "Alaïa Livre de Collection.” The book is comprised of photographs of the designer's summer 1992 runway show with models Christy Turlington Burns, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks, pictured here at right. #wwdfashion #alaia #tyrabanks
Fall 2018 accessories take on a painterly hue, with Nebulas Blue among Pantone’s top 10 colors of the season. (📸: @jonghyupstudio ; editor: @twallz21 ; stylist and set designer: @haideefindlaylevin ) #wwdaccessories
@americanapparelusa is relaunching the brand outside of the U.S. today, opening its online store to more than 200 countries. The company is also contemplating a return to brick-and-mortar, though details have not been confirmed. In tandem with the expanded distribution is a recasting of a social media ad campagn, called “Back to Basics,” pictured here, with a focus on diversity and a cast of models above the age of 21. Read more on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @britneyspears is continuing to expand her brand. The pop icon, who appears in @kenzo ’s latest campaign, is partnering with Epic Rights to launch a line of branded merchandise. Read @hernameislex ‘s story, link in bio. #wwdnews #britneyspears
The Duchess of Cambridge channeled Princess Diana’s look upon giving birth to Prince Harry, when she and the Duke of Cambridge departed the hospital with the new baby Prince this afternoon in London. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
The new Prince of Cambridge has arrived! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed with the 8-pound newborn. She wore a look from one of her go-to designers, @jennypackham. Tap link in bio for more. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
Jewelry label @alisonlou has made a name for itself with fine jewelry that speaks to the Millennial market. Now @twallz21 reports that the label is bringing those playful ideas to a new affordable line of lucite hoops with the launch of Loucite by Alison Lou. Here’s a look from the line modeled by @emrata. #wwdaccessories
@sarahjessicaparker and @gilt are teaming up on a bridal ready-to-wear line. Tomorrow, Parker will launch SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Bridal — and as part of the launch, Gilt will offer 15 exclusive styles from the SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker footwear collection that were designed to complement the new line. Made out of 10 styles, the line is designed for a variety of occasions, from bridal showers to receptions. Get more details on WWD.com #wwdfashion