CLAIBORNE'S NEW DEALS: Liz Claiborne Inc. signed an agreement with Kellwood's Halmode division to license J.H. Collectibles dresses and Emma James women's dresses and suits collections. Under the agreement, Kellwood's Halmode division will be responsible for the design, manufacturing and marketing of the moderate dress and suit lines. Both lines will be available for spring 2006 retailing. "The J.H. Collectibles dress collection will deliver soft, relaxed designs in trend-right colors, patterns and textures with an artistic feel," said Stephen L. Ruzow, president of Kellwood's Womenswear Division. "The Emma James dresses and suits collection will offer this customer a feminine look that can take her from desk to destination." The Liz Claiborne dresses and suits collection has been licensed to Kellwood's Halmode division since 2003.
ICONIX'S 2Q: Iconix Brand Group Inc. on Thursday posted second-quarter results that reflect its new focus as a brand management company. For the three months ended June 30, net income was $2.5 million, or 8 cents a diluted share, versus $518,000, or 2 cents, in the same year-ago quarter. Revenues from licensing and commissions jumped 62.4 percent to $4.3 million from $2.6 million. In the year-ago period, the company reported sales of $26 million, which reflect the firm's operations before its transition to a new business model. For the six months, net income was $3.3 million, or 11 cents a diluted share, compared with $551,000, or 2 cents, in the same year-ago period. Licensing and commissions revenue climbed 70 percent to $8.6 million from $5.1 million.
BIG IN JAPAN: Iceberg is opening a shop-in-shop at the Isetan department store in Shinjuku, Tokyo, on Saturday. The 538-square-foot store is the result of a deal between Isetan and Iceberg parent Gilmar Group, which is expected to result in the opening of five such Iceberg stores in Japan during the next three years. The Shinjuru shop-in-shop will offer women's clothing and accessories. Iceberg operates boutiques in Milan, Rome, Los Angeles, Paris, Amsterdam and Moscow. There are plans for more stores in Kuwait City, Seoul and Jakarta in the near future.
“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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye