In Brief: Liz Warms Up … Chaus Taps Panitz … New HSN Strategist …
LIZ WARMS UP: Expanding its licensed presence in the home area, Liz Claiborne Inc. last week reached an agreement in principle with Berkshire Blanket Inc. for blankets and throws under the Liz Claiborne name. The brand already offers an array...
LIZ WARMS UP: Expanding its licensed presence in the home area, Liz Claiborne Inc. last week reached an agreement in principle with Berkshire Blanket Inc. for blankets and throws under the Liz Claiborne name. The brand already offers an array of home products, including bed and bath, decorative fabrics, furniture and tabletop, each produced under license. “The Liz Claiborne brand owns a unique position in the marketplace, and we are eager to take on the challenge of interpreting its signature style into designer blankets and throws,” said Rick Lotuff, president and chief executive officer of Berkshire.
CHAUS TAPS PANITZ: David G. Panitz has been appointed chief operating officer of Bernard Chaus Inc. effective immediately, according to a statement from the company. Panitz joins Chaus after having served as chief operating officer of Ecko Unlimited. Prior to that, Panitz spent five years at Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. Panitz is taking over for Nicholas DiPaolo, who served as chief operating officer for four years. DiPaolo will retain his position as vice chairman of the company.
NEW HSN STRATEGIST: The Home Shopping Network, the multichannel shopping retailer, is expected to announce today that Jay Herratti has assumed the post of senior vice president of strategy and business development. Herratti is expected to help chart the network’s growth in the direct-to-consumer marketplace, which could include acquisitions. HSN is a television and internet retailer. Herratti’s previous stint was executive vice president at Gordon Brothers, where he led international expansion for the firm. His previous experience includes work for Federated Department Stores, where he focused on its online businesses, and several senior level posts at the now defunct Boo.com Group.
MAIDENFORM'S FIT: Intimate apparel manufacturers Maidenform Inc. said an ex-Toys "r" Us corporate controller, Dorvin D. Lively, has been appointed chief financial officer of the company, effective Nov. 8. Tom Ward, chairman and chief executive officer of New York-based Maidenform, said in a statement on Tuesday that Lively "brings substantial experience to our company in, among other areas, strategic operations, accounting and financial controls, and mergers and acquistions." Maidenform, which was aquired by the Los Angeles-based investmant banking firm Ares Management in May for an estimated $215 million, emerged from bankruptcy in July 1999.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“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)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)