CANADA PROMOTED: Specialty retailer Chico’s FAS promoted Sher Canada to senior vice president-Chico’s stores, effective immediately. Canada, whose prior title was vice president-Chico’s stores, has an extensive background in sales and currently oversees field sales and visual organizations at the company’s 450-plus Chico’s stores as well as its 10-store intimate apparel test concept called Soma by Chico’s. Canada first joined Fort Myers, Fla.-based Chico’s in 1996 as regional sales manager, which was followed by a promotion to national sales manager. Prior to being vice president-Chico’s, Canada was vice president-national sales director. Canada has more than 25 years in the retail business, including management positions at Brooks Fashions, The Limited (now Limited Brands), Wet Seal and Motherhood Maternity.
SIMONIN EXITS HARRODS: The management merry-go-round at Harrods continues to whirl. Richard Simonin has left his post as chief executive officer of Harrods 18 months after joining the company, a Harrods spokesman has confirmed. Simonin, who reported directly to Harrods owner Mohammed Al Fayed, had previously served on the Escada AG supervisory board. Simonin had replaced Max Rigelman, who left his post in April 2003 after just two months on the job. Eric Decouvelaere, Harrods’ retail strategy and organization director who joined Harrods at the same time as Simonin, has also left the company. Decouvelaere was previously deputy purchasing director at Printemps. The spokesman declined to comment on the departures, and the company has not yet announced who will replace the two executives.
IN DEVELOPMENT: Taubman Centers will take a 30 percent stake in The Pier at Caesars in Atlantic City, a four-level upscale retail and restaurant complex being developed by Gordon Group Holdings LLC. The developers also agreed to collaborate on future projects similar to The Pier and entertainment-related retail projects that are not anchored by department stores. The Pier, a $175 million project, is slated to open in early 2006. It will be connected to the Atlantic City Hotel and Casino, and adjacent to Bally’s/Wild Wild West Casinos. Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Tourneau, Tommy Bahama, Vilebrequin and Hugo Boss are among the brands and retailers that have signed on.
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