- COMING BACK HOME: Azzaro, best known for its eveningwear, on Wednesday said it had terminated a licensing agreement with Decitex Corp. and was moving management of its ready-to-wear production in-house. The French company, which was purchased by Andorra-based Reig Capital in 2006, said the move would allow it to grow its collections and launch new products. Nathalie Fransen, Azzaro chief executive officer, said the company was also developing new partnerships in Russia and the Middle East. Azzaro said it now would collaborate with French firms Grandis and Maille Creation to make its clothes.
- CASEY TAKING HELM AT CARTER'S: Michael Casey, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Carter's Inc., will succeed Frederick Rowan 2nd as chief executive officer when Rowan retires on Aug. 1. Casey joined Carter's as vice president of finance in 1993 and assumed his current title in 2003. Rowan, who also will relinquish his seat on the firm's board, was president and ceo of VF Corp.'s Lee and Bassett-Walker divisions, and was a corporate group vice president of the parent company before joining Carter's as president and ceo in 1992. He became chairman in 1996. Highlights of his tenure include the acquisition of rival children's wear firm OshKosh B'Gosh in 2005 and diversification into the mass channel and global sourcing. The company, which had 2007 revenues of $1.41 billion, has initiated a search for a new cfo.
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