LAMER'S NEW ROLE: Kate Spade has promoted David Lamer to senior vice president of sales and strategic merchandising planning. Lamer, who has been with Kate Spade since July as an adviser in evaluating and planning the wholesale business, now will be responsible for strategic merchandise planning of all divisions at the company and have total responsibility for its wholesale division. Lamer's promotion comes after the exit of Spade's vice president of sales, Stacy Van Praagh, who left to become global vice president of ready-to-wear at Oscar de la Renta earlier this month. Lamer previously was president and chief executive officer of Joshuatown Advisors, his own global merchandise and management consulting firm, which he founded in 2002. Lamer reports to the company's principal partners, Kate and Andy Spade, Elyce Arons and Pamela Bell. The Neiman Marcus Group, which owns 56 percent of Kate Spade, put the company on the auction block in September.
ELLEN TRACY EYES: Ellen Tracy, the 56-year-old brand that is a division of Liz Claiborne Inc., has signed a new license for eyewear with ClearVision Optical Co. ClearVision will design and manufacture eyeglass and sunglass silhouettes for the Ellen Tracy Eyewear collection. The collection will comprise 20 ophthalmic styles and five prescription sunglasses in metals or plastics at retail prices that range from $110 to $220. The looks will be unveiled in March at the Vision Expo East trade show in New York, and will ship to independent optical professionals and select optical retail chains nationwide in April. ClearVision Optical also holds eyewear licenses for BCBG Max Azria Optical, Izod, Ocean Pacific and Jessica McClintock.
PPR'S NEW FINANCE CHIEF: PPR, the French retailer that owns Gucci Group, said on Tuesday that Jean-François Palus would replace Ross McInnes as chief financial officer. McInnes last week left PPR because of personal differences with chief executive officer François-Henri Pinault. He had been on the job less than six months. Palus, 44, will oversee financial operations and head strategy and corporate development as well as financial communications. He reports to Pinault. Previously, Palus led PPR's mergers and acquisitions department.
“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)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews