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.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“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)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)