In Brief: Group Initiative … Logo’s Launch … Lauren’s Outreach
GROUP INITIATIVE: Clothing and textile manufacturing organizations Sistema Moda Italia and Associazione Tessile Italiana said they are merging. The new entity has yet to be officially named, but will be operative as of Oct. 1. Paolo...
GROUP INITIATIVE: Clothing and textile manufacturing organizations Sistema Moda Italia and Associazione Tessile Italiana said they are merging. The new entity has yet to be officially named, but will be operative as of Oct. 1. Paolo Zegna, president of Sistema Moda Italia, will head the new group, which comprises more than 1,800 member companies. Zegna and Tito Burgi, president of Associazione Tessile Italiana, said it is time for the small companies that dominate Italy's manufacturing industry to work together in a tough environment characterized by the strong euro and the emergence of China. "Over the last 12 months, we have had to concentrate most of all on defending [ourselves]. Now we have to move on to programs, plans and projects on the attack front," Zegna said in a statement.
LOGO'S LAUNCH: Logo TV, the first-ever 24-7 channel for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered viewers, will hit cable and satellite systems tonight at 9 p.m. EDT, with availability to 13 million households in 22 markets — three million more households than the original launch target of 10 million. An 11th-hour deal inked Wednesday with Direct TV accounted for the additional three million households and pushed the nascent network close to its first-year goal of viewer access in 14 million households, noted Logo spokesman David Bittler. Miller Lite will be the sole sponsor of Logo's first program, "The Evolution Will Be Televised," which will trace the emerging visibility of gay Americans through the lenses of civil rights, pop culture and individual achievements. Several other advertisers have signed on for spots on the LGBT network, including Showtime Networks, Tylenol PM, Motorola, the island of Key West, Lions Gate Films, Paramount, Subaru and Orbitz, said Bob Witeck, chief executive officer of Witeck-Combs Communications, which is leading Logo's marketing efforts.
LAUREN'S OUTREACH: The Ralph Lauren Cancer Center in Harlem has been highlighted as a model facility in the Patient Navigator Outreach and Chronic Disease Prevention Act, which was signed into law by President George W. Bush on Wednesday. Lauren's cancer center has effectively incorporated a Patient Navigator program into its healthcare service structure. The center stands as one of the nation's foremost institutions servicing underprivileged Americans. The bill will provide $25 million in grants between fiscal year 2006 and fiscal year 2010 and will be administered by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Yesterday, the Parisian fashion house @azzaro_official cut the ribbon on a temeporary retrospective at the wing of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The exhibition, which shows the lasting influence of the brand’s founder Loris Azzaro, is titled “Azzaro, Fifty Sparkling Years” and presents 50 looks. In it’s ’70s heyday, fans of the brand included Jane Birkin, pictured here, Raquel Welch, Brigitte Bardot and more. See more photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@trinaturk and @macys Inc International Concepts line are linking up on a collection for summer — filled with accessories, swimwear and shoes. The collection will also include a Mr Turk men’s line, both of which are the designer’s first entry into a more accessibly priced area. “It’s very world-traveler, gypset-inspired,” said Turk. The Trina Turk x INC line will launch on May 15th. #wwdfashion
Assouline is paying homage to the late Azzedine Alaïa with a reprint of "Alaïa Livre de Collection.” The book is comprised of photographs of the designer's summer 1992 runway show with models Christy Turlington Burns, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks, pictured here at right. #wwdfashion #alaia #tyrabanks
Fall 2018 accessories take on a painterly hue, with Nebulas Blue among Pantone’s top 10 colors of the season. (📸: @jonghyupstudio ; editor: @twallz21 ; stylist and set designer: @haideefindlaylevin ) #wwdaccessories
@americanapparelusa is relaunching the brand outside of the U.S. today, opening its online store to more than 200 countries. The company is also contemplating a return to brick-and-mortar, though details have not been confirmed. In tandem with the expanded distribution is a recasting of a social media ad campagn, called “Back to Basics,” pictured here, with a focus on diversity and a cast of models above the age of 21. Read more on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @britneyspears is continuing to expand her brand. The pop icon, who appears in @kenzo ’s latest campaign, is partnering with Epic Rights to launch a line of branded merchandise. Read @hernameislex ‘s story, link in bio. #wwdnews #britneyspears
The Duchess of Cambridge channeled Princess Diana’s look upon giving birth to Prince Harry, when she and the Duke of Cambridge departed the hospital with the new baby Prince this afternoon in London. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
The new Prince of Cambridge has arrived! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed with the 8-pound newborn. She wore a look from one of her go-to designers, @jennypackham. Tap link in bio for more. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge