BURBERRY TO CLOSE FACTORY: Burberry has said it will close a factory in Wales because it has become too expensive. The factory, in Treorchy, south Wales, which makes polo shirts for the British brand and has been in operation since 1939, currently employs 311 staffers. "Manufacturing in Treorchy is no longer commercially viable. This situation leaves us with no other alternative than to propose the closure of the factory," Burberry said. The statement added the decision followed a yearlong review of the Burberry supply chain and manufacturing process. Pending the outcome of talks with unions, the site will close early next year. Great Universal Stores, Burberry's former parent, purchased the factory in 1950, and Burberry has been using it since 1989. Burberry employs a total of 2,000 people in the U.K.
PERFECT FIT: Invista's denim lounge, located at Bryant Park, is showcasing two technological developments and a chance to try them out. During fashion week, the lounge will be showing jeans from Serfontaine, J Brand, Rock & Republic and Gold Sign that can be tried on. All the jeans feature Invista's new XFIT Lycra or Lycra T-400 technology. Mik Serfontaine, owner and designer of Serfontaine, is especially excited about XFIT Lycra, a patented cross-weave technology that delivers the benefits of four-way stretch. "If you're a premium denim brand, you have to offer value. XFIT Lycra gives a great stretch and because it's four-way, there's no pinching or tension," he said. "And it's more refined than the traditional two-way stretch we've seen in activewear for years." The Lycra T-400 technology, meanwhile, allows designers to apply aggressive washes and abrasions to denim without losing any of Lycra's normal properties.
RITTERSPORN SERVICE SET: A memorial service will be held Sept. 20 for Liz Rittersporn, a syndicated fashion writer, who died July 2 at the age of 80. A celebration of her life will take place at Parish Hall of St. Marks Church at 131 East 10th Street in New York from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Rittersporn was a fashion writer for Women's Wear Daily in the Fifties and Sixties, and went on to become a style writer and women's editor of the Daily News from 1972 to 1991. Known for her observant eye and keen sense of humor, the Seattle-born Rittersporn's work was syndicated throughout the country.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty