In Brief: Free-Trade Pacts Signed…Milan Waiting To Undress…Stylist Sentenced
FREE-TRADE PACTS SIGNED:
President Bush signed legislation Wednesday, creating tariff-free trade with Singapore and Chile. The free-trade agreements are seen by the White House as models for a Central American Free Trade Agreement, much...
President Bush signed legislation Wednesday, creating tariff-free trade with Singapore and Chile. The free-trade agreements are seen by the White House as models for a Central American Free Trade Agreement, much to the dismay of apparel importers who are pressing for CAFTA to make more allowances for foreign fabric to be used in apparel receiving duty-free treatment.
MILAN WAITING TO UNDRESS:
The new innerwear and beachwear trade fair, Un-dress, which was scheduled to bow in Milan Sept. 14-16, has been canceled and the first edition will take place in January. “The major companies that were going to participate had closed their budgets until January,” said a spokeswoman for EXPOcts, the fair’s organizer. Instead, major lingerie and swimwear firms will present a fashion show at the Milan fairgrounds on Sept. 28, near the start of the city’s ready-to-wear runway shows. The fair was intended as an alternative to Bologna’s Intimo Intimare fair, which shuttered its doors last year. Around 100 exhibitors were expected to show innerwear and swimwear in the medium-to-high price range. The organizers had planned for the event to be biannual, with editions in September and January.
Derek Khan, the stylist who pawned jewelry from Graff, Harry Winston, Piaget and others, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Micki Scherer. Khan, who pleaded guilty to scheme to defraud, was arrested on March 5 and charged with first-degree grand larceny for borrowing expensive jewelry, and then selling it to pawn shops around the city. Khan, a native of Trinidad, is a well-known celebrity stylist and has worked with artists and entertainers including Lil’ Kim, Tyra Banks and Aretha Franklin. The value of the jewelry he fingered was estimated at about $1.5 million, according to court papers.
@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