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."
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