In Brief: Donna’s Jeans Deal … Factory Shift … No Sail … Heading East …
DONNA’S JEANS DEAL: Donna Karan International and SINV have completed their previously reported license for DKNY women’s and men’s jeans in Europe, Asia, the Mideast, Australia and New Zealand, the companies said Wednesday. The...
DONNA’S JEANS DEAL: Donna Karan International and SINV have completed their previously reported license for DKNY women’s and men’s jeans in Europe, Asia, the Mideast, Australia and New Zealand, the companies said Wednesday. The five-year license is expected to commence with a collection for next fall from the Carre, Italy-based SINV. Liz Claiborne Inc. continues to hold the exclusive and long-term license to source, market and sell men’s and women’s jeans and DKNY Active collections in most countries in the Western Hemisphere.
FACTORY SHIFT: Larry Kelley, former president and chief executive officer of both Casual Male Big and Tall and One Price Clothing, has joined Factory 2-U Stores as executive vice president of merchandising and marketing. He succeeds Mary McNabb, who came out of retirement to become executive vice president and general merchandise manager, as well as Spencer Insolia, who joined the firm in June as senior vice president, marketing, and has left the firm. McNabb has resumed her retirement. Additionally, Melvin Redman has joined the San Diego-based off-price retailer in the new post of executive vice president of store operations and distribution. He previously spent 17 years with Wal-Mart Stores, culminating in his appointment as senior vice president, operations, and was the founder and president of Alliance Consulting. Both report to Bill Fields, chairman and ceo of Factory 2-U.
NO SAIL: After sinking $140 million into the project, Patrizio Bertelli’s Luna Rossa could be headed for dry dock. Since its elimination from the Louis Vuitton Cup last month, Prada’s chief executive told Italy’s Corriere della Sera that he was not planning a third venture in the sailing competition. "I’ve lost my enthusiasm," he said. "I would change my mind only if a completely new project came up." Bertelli could not be reached for comment as he was flying back to Italy from New Zealand on Wednesday, and Prada officials declined to comment.
HEADING EAST: Trussardi has signed a five-year partnership with Mitsui for the development of the fashion house’s licenses in Japan. The deal starts this month, and Trussardi said in a statement that it expected sales in Japan to reach about $46 million in 2005. Last year, the brand’s sales in that country were about $39 million. This partnership follows the termination of the joint venture with Teijin Ltd., formed in 1999 by the late Nicola Trussardi. The company said it plans to close two stores in Tokyo that were managed by Teijin and to focus investments on the core business of leather goods.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews