JONES SHARES RISE: Shares of Jones Apparel Group Inc. closed Thursday up 3.7 percent to $34.74 following a report in WWD that said the company could be sold in parts and that tentative "feelers" have been extended to various parties regarding their interest in the Nine West group and the upscale specialty chain Barneys New York. The company declined comment Wednesday.
PINAULT BUYS VINCI STAKE: French entrepreneur François Pinault, who owns Gucci Group, has taken a 5.1 percent stake in the BTP Vinci construction and concessionary business for about 1.1 billion euros, or $1.42 billion at current exchange. "It's a great company," said a spokeswoman for Pinault, who made the acquisition via his Artemis private holding company. When asked if Pinault would consider a play for control of BTP Vinci, the spokeswoman said, "All of our future options are open." Pinault, who made his fortune in lumber, has yet to declare whether he intends to raid French utilities giant Suez. The French stock market watchdog has given the billionaire businessman until Feb. 2 to state his intentions.
VERY VREELAND: Store fixture and mannequin company DK Display is sponsoring an exhibit of paintings inspired by Diana Vreeland by artist-cum-visual merchandising consultant Stewart Lucas. Titled "D.V. — All The Rage," the 12-piece series explores the various bon mots by the legendary Vogue editor in chief. The twist here? Lucas has updated Vreeland's famous one-liners, making them relevant to the state of affairs in the world today. "Why Don't You Turn Your Old Ermine Coat Into a Bullet-Proof Vest?" reads one, while another boldly claims "Terror is the New Black." "I'm using her as a vehicle," said Lucas, "as a satirical commentary on leaders in general and their advice. I wondered, if she were alive today, what she would think?" "D.V. — All The Rage" is on view until Jan. 31 at DK Display at 147 West 25th Street in New York.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia