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.
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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye