JONES' EXECUTIVE MOVE: Howard Zwilling has been promoted to group chief executive officer for Jones moderate sportswear at Jones Apparel Group. Zwilling had been president of the moderate sportswear group, responsible for the Erika and Pappagallo brands. His new responsibilities include the moderate sportswear brands Norton McNaughton, Nine & Co., Joneswear, Bandolino, Evan-Picone and Rena Rowan. Jones is conducting a search to fill Zwilling's previous post. He continues to report to Lynne Cote, ceo for wholesale sportswear, suits and dresses.
TANDY APPOINTMENT: Tandy Brands Accessories has appointed Jane Batts as president of its women's division. Batts, who was most recently president of the Dallas office of talent agency Strategic Transitions Inc., began her new role this week. She will report to J.S.B. Jenkins, president and chief executive officer of Tandy Brands. "This is part of a strategic move to drive business in women's accessories," said Jenkins of the appointment. "Batts has a lot of experience developing brands. We hope with her on board to build up what he have today and look to new opportunities." Tandy Brands designs, manufactures and markets men's, children's and women's accessories under various brand names and private labels, and holds the licenses for Levi's, Levi Strauss Signature and Docker accessories. Key products for the 80-year-old brand, which incorporated in 1990, include belts, wallets, handbags, socks, scarves and cold-weather and hair accessories. The company reported net sales of $221 million in 2005.
TORRID HEAD LEAVES: Patricia Van Cleave, president of the Torrid division of Hot Topic Inc., resigned from the company to pursue other interests. Betsy McLaughlin, president and chief executive officer of Hot Topic, will serve as the interim leader for Torrid. The company's December 2005 comp-store sales were down 6.2 percent, and the company revised its fourth-quarter earnings guidance down to 21 to 24 cents per diluted share from 30 to 38 cents per share. Hot Topic operates 121 Torrid stores, which focuses on young, plus-size women.
KURZ RESIGNATION: Seven For All Mankind confirmed Tuesday that Andreas Kurz resigned as chief executive officer. Kurz's departure was first reported in WWD on Monday. He was brought on as ceo in March after Bear Stearns Merchant Banking acquired a 50 percent stake in the premium denim company. Kurz has assumed a new role as an adviser on business development in the Asian and Pacific regions, the company said.
My character, Dinah Madani, is just the coolest, [most] badass woman imaginable," says @amberroserevah. The actress stars in @marvel's newest series on @netflix, @thepunisher. To prepare for her role, Revah sat down with Homeland agents to get a real sense of with Dinah's day-to-day life is really like. Read our full interview on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
A scene from the 91st annual @macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade, which boasts 50 million TV viewers and 3.5 million on-site spectators, is considered one of the largest and most watched parades in the world. (📷: Jason Szenes/EPA-REX)
The circus came to @bloomingdales 59th Street on Tuesday night and lit up Lexington Avenue with acrobatic dancers, death-defying knife throwing, sword swallowing and aerial acts with no net. The 45 minutes of theatrics built up to unveiling the holiday windows depicting @swarovski crystal-encrusted circus pieces and scenes from “The Greatest Showman” – songs from the soundtrack included. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Joshua Scott)
The psychedelic fashion that pervaded the ’60s is back with an exhibit at the @museumofcityny. “Mode New York: Fashion Takes a Trip” chronicles the changing styles from 1960 through 1973 and features designers such as @ysl, @oscardelarenta and more. The exhibition, which is on display through April 1, is organized into four periods: First Lady Fasion, Youthquake, New Bohemia and New Nonchalance. Pictured here is model Pat Bardonella during the Garvey Day Parade in 1968. (📷: @kwamebphoto) #wwdeye #wwdfashion
“People should be a lot more honest in expressing both the dark and light of themselves. We need to give each other the space to do that because it’s the only way we can grow and evolve,” says @noelwells of her new film “Mr. Roosevelt,” which is largely based on her own struggles. Unexpectedly leaving @nbcsnl in 2014 after just one season, Wells felt set back in her self-esteem and career trajectory. She quickly refocused her energy to more personal projects, which led to the completion of “Mr. Roosevelt.” Read the rest of WWD’s interview with the “Master of None” actress on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
@barbrastreisand is giving fans a chance to see her perform up close in a new concert series, which makes its debut on @Netflix today. From behind-the-scenes takes to her concert performance in Miami last December, the two-hour streaming special captures Streisand in her element. Pictured here is the singer/actress photographed for WWD in 1963. (📷: Palmieri Tony) #wwdeye #wwdarchive
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)