DESIGNER RETURN: Prada said Monday that Simonetta Ciampi has been appointed as design director of bags and accessories. Ciampi returns to the Italian fashion house after her experience as design director of leather goods at Yves Saint Laurent, which she left in April. The Milan-born designer worked at Prada for 15 years. Ciampi created the horn-handled Mombasa bag, YSL's first hit in the accessories business.SAFILO EYES IPO: Eyewear giant Safilo is preparing to relist its shares on the Milan stock exchange, a Safilo spokesman confirmed, although he said that timing and other details have yet to be determined. Safilo made its debut on the Milan stock exchange in 1987, but the company was delisted in 2001, when president Vittorio Tabacchi led a leveraged buyout of the company. In May, Safilo chief executive officer Roberto Vedovotto said the company was mulling a return to the stock market. "We are thinking seriously about it," said Vedovotto. "Bankers are telling us the market is extremely good and the situation looks good." Safilo posted a net profit of 19.85 million euros, or $24.61 million at average exchange rates, on sales of 939.76 million euros, or $1.17 billion.SAFEGUARD DELAY: The Bush administration delayed for a third time, until Nov. 30, decisions on four safeguard quota cases against China as U.S. and Chinese negotiators continue to try to reach a broad import restraint agreement. The pending petitions encompass $599.6 million in Chinese imports of sweaters, dressing gowns and robes, knit fabric and men's and boys' wool trousers. The U.S. has imposed safeguard quotas this year on $1.9 billion worth of Chinese imports, holding them to 7.5 percent annual growth, under the safeguard mechanism, which expires in 2008.
Exclusive: @dsquared2 signs fragrance licensing agreement with Euroitalia, with the first effort of the new partnership being unveiled in September. The brand will launch two scents – one for men and one for women – in Italy. Read our interview with designer Dean and Dan Caten on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@louisvuitton has officially renewed Nicolas Ghesquière’s contract as artistic director of women's collections. "I am very pleased to open the next chapter of the story I started with Louis Vuitton almost 5 years ago," said Ghesquière, who first signed on to design the French luxury brand's women's line in 2013. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
“I learned then and there that I had to figure out a way in life to maintain and preserve my sense of pride when I felt good about what I did or what I represented or created,” said @saintrecords on how being bullied for wearing capri pants inspired her to be the artist she is today. Knowles was at the 70th Parsons Benefit last night where she outbid the room for a Dapper Dan customized @gucci experience. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“There’s this amazing braintrust of people who know the whole universe so well. So we talked to them and they gave us more input,” said actor Alden Ehrenreich on playing the young Han Solo in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The cast was at NYC’s SVA Theatre last night for an advanced screening of the film, which hits theaters this week. #wwdeye #starwars #hansolo (📷: @aurorarosedecrosta)
@asaprocky spent nearly two hours in a Plexiglas box Sunday night at @sothebys putting himself through a series of “tests” to demonstrate the process of completing his new album called “Testing.” Get all the details and see all the pictures on WWD.com. #wwdeye
“I’ve struggled my whole life to find a bathing suit that fits me that doesn’t look like a maternity bra. I’m proud of the line because it’s an accurate representation of me rather than me putting on someone else’s clothes,” says @atlantabean of her swimwear collaboration with @piaarrobio, LPA X ATL. The two decided on a swimwear collab and increased the industry standard size for the pieces. Read more about the line — and our interview with de Cadenet Taylor and Arrobio — on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Dan Doperalski)
Exclusive: Cate Blanchett has been named the first global beauty ambassador for @armanibeauty. Blanchett has been the face of the brand’s Sì fragrance franchise since 2013, and is now representing all of the label’s beauty categories including makeup and skin care. #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)