In Brief: Charlotte’s New Merchant…Queens Of Queens…Gehry’s Time
CHARLOTTE’S NEW MERCHANT: Charlotte Russe Holding said its president and chief merchandising officer, Harriet Sustarsic, would resign. It named Donna Desrosiers to the newly created position of executive vice president and general...
CHARLOTTE’S NEW MERCHANT: Charlotte Russe Holding said its president and chief merchandising officer, Harriet Sustarsic, would resign. It named Donna Desrosiers to the newly created position of executive vice president and general merchandising manager for the CR chain. Desrosiers previously served as general merchandise manager at Canadian companies that operate in junior women’s fashion, including Ricki’s, a division of Comark/ARG, and Suzy Shier Inc., a specialty retailer of over 240 locations. The company said Sustarsic is leaving to spend more time with her family. Mark Hoffman, chief executive, said in a statement, “CR is extremely appreciative of how Harriet’s efforts helped transform the company from a regional operator of 35 stores into a national retailer with more than 300 stores over the past seven years.”
QUEENS OF QUEENS: Who’s the next face of Queens? The Queens Center will hold an open casting call Friday and Saturday to find the faces and personalities that best represent the borough. Winners will appear in an ad campaign promoting the expanded shopping mall. The ad campaign, “Grow Your Own Way,” aims to capture the spirit behind the modernization of the Queens Center, which will be expanded to nearly 1 million square feet with more than 100 additional retailers. Phase one of the opening is scheduled for March. The stars of the campaign will be announced the week of Oct. 6. Auditions take place on the Concourse Level of the Queens Center on Friday, from 6 to 9 a.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Queens Center is owned by The Macerich Co.
Architect Frank Gehry is adding his name to the watch arena under a new licensing agreement with Fossil Inc. The 10-piece debut collection includes women’s and men’s styles in materials such as titanium and leather, and the numbers and hands on the dial are original reproductions of Gehry’s handwriting. Set to hit department, specialty and museum stores this October, the watches carry an average retail price of about $105. Fossil, which also makes watches for brands including Burberry, Emporio Armani and DKNY, declined to give sales projections.
@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