In Brief: Import Ban Pushed … Jewelry Scam … New Charge …
IMPORT BAN PUSHED: Legislation banning all imports from Myanmar has been introduced in Congress, with backing from Republicans and Democrats outraged by the country’s military dictatorship’s recent crackdowns against the democratically...
IMPORT BAN PUSHED: Legislation banning all imports from Myanmar has been introduced in Congress, with backing from Republicans and Democrats outraged by the country’s military dictatorship’s recent crackdowns against the democratically elected opposition. Two years ago, a similar Myanmar import-ban measure stalled as support dwindled from lawmakers who perceived a thawing in the military’s strong-arm stance. However, violent acts against the opposition over the weekend, which continued Thursday, led to a recasting of legislation and broader support. Since the military seized power in 1990, a growing number of U.S. retailers and other apparel importers have voluntarily halted business with Myanmar, where the military invests in the country’s garment production. Apparel is the country’s main U.S. export, accounting for around $300 million in annual sales. The legislation would also freeze Myanmar military assets in the U.S. and require the U.S. to oppose International Monetary or World Bank loans to Myanmar.
JEWELRY SCAM: Workers at seven New York jewelry shops molded gold into items such as belt buckles that were taken to Colombia and converted into cash, Federal officials said Thursday. Eleven workers at the stores, including six stores in the Diamond District in Manhattan, were arrested Wednesday and charged with money laundering. The workers were arrested as part of a two-year investigation that found they had taken part in a money ring designed to funnel cash back to drug lords in Colombia, said U.S. Attorney James Comey. The 11 workers were awaiting arraignment at press time Thursday.
NEW CHARGE: American Express announced its latest sponsorship recipient: the fashion house Boudicca, whichis designed by Zowie Broach and Brian Kirkby. The sponsorship, announced Thursday in London, provides funds for staging fashion shows and other growth initiatives for emerging designers. The financial services company last sponsored Alexander McQueen, with whom it continues to collaborate.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty