LEPORE IN LONDON: Nanette Lepore is set to open her first European store, in London's Westbourne Grove. The store, which spans 2,200 square feet over three levels, is housed in a former Italian restaurant and is set to open on June 1. Her retail neighbors will include Nicole Farhi, Agent Provocateur, Solange Azagury-Partridge and Emma Hope. "We were getting so many calls and e-mails from clients in Europe asking where they could find the line, and we thought ‘Why not?' Plus, our accounts in the U.K. are doing really well," said Robert Savage, president of the Manhattan-based company and Lepore's husband. The new store, which will be filled with mirrors and Fifties Italian chandeliers, will showcase Lepore's full collection as well as her new line of footwear, which bows for fall. Lepore and Savage, who were in London for meetings last week, said foreign markets still make up a tiny percentage of the company's sales. "But there's a lot of potential there," said Lepore, who already has a showroom and distribution center based in London. The designer currently has stores in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Boston and Tokyo.SEARS RAISES: Sears Holdings Corp., stepping up its campaign for all outstanding common shares of Sears Canada, on Monday raised its offer to 18 Canadian dollars per share, from 16.86 Canadian dollars, and said two big minority shareholders agreed to tender shares. Due to the rise in price, Sears extended its offer until 11:59 p.m., April 18. Alan Lacy, vice chairman of Sears Holdings, said, "We believe the decision by the two largest independent shareholders, Natcan Investment Management Inc. and Vornado Realty Trust, to tender their shares, representing over one third of the minority shares, is clear evidence that our revised 18 [Canadian dollars] offer represents a full and fair price."
Exclusive: @dsquared2 signs fragrance licensing agreement with Euroitalia, with the first effort of the new partnership being unveiled in September. The brand will launch two scents – one for men and one for women – in Italy. Read our interview with designer Dean and Dan Caten on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@louisvuitton has officially renewed Nicolas Ghesquière’s contract as artistic director of women's collections. "I am very pleased to open the next chapter of the story I started with Louis Vuitton almost 5 years ago," said Ghesquière, who first signed on to design the French luxury brand's women's line in 2013. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
“I learned then and there that I had to figure out a way in life to maintain and preserve my sense of pride when I felt good about what I did or what I represented or created,” said @saintrecords on how being bullied for wearing capri pants inspired her to be the artist she is today. Knowles was at the 70th Parsons Benefit last night where she outbid the room for a Dapper Dan customized @gucci experience. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“There’s this amazing braintrust of people who know the whole universe so well. So we talked to them and they gave us more input,” said actor Alden Ehrenreich on playing the young Han Solo in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The cast was at NYC’s SVA Theatre last night for an advanced screening of the film, which hits theaters this week. #wwdeye #starwars #hansolo (📷: @aurorarosedecrosta)
@asaprocky spent nearly two hours in a Plexiglas box Sunday night at @sothebys putting himself through a series of “tests” to demonstrate the process of completing his new album called “Testing.” Get all the details and see all the pictures on WWD.com. #wwdeye
“I’ve struggled my whole life to find a bathing suit that fits me that doesn’t look like a maternity bra. I’m proud of the line because it’s an accurate representation of me rather than me putting on someone else’s clothes,” says @atlantabean of her swimwear collaboration with @piaarrobio, LPA X ATL. The two decided on a swimwear collab and increased the industry standard size for the pieces. Read more about the line — and our interview with de Cadenet Taylor and Arrobio — on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Dan Doperalski)
Exclusive: Cate Blanchett has been named the first global beauty ambassador for @armanibeauty. Blanchett has been the face of the brand’s Sì fragrance franchise since 2013, and is now representing all of the label’s beauty categories including makeup and skin care. #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)