OLSENS HIT THE U.K.: Now tweens in the U.K. can tap into Mary-Kate and Ashley's style. The Olsen twins' Mary-kateandashley accessories line is set to make its debut at Claire's Stores in the U.K. in July, concurrent with the line's launch at Claire's in the U.S. The collection of belts, bags and jewelry, designed exclusively for the costume jewelry and accessories retailer, will be sold at 65 Claire's Stores across the U.K. The accessories will retail alongside the twins' cosmetics line, which launched in partnership with Claire's in the U.S. in February. Prices will range from $5.60 for a mascara to $22.50 for a handbag. "For millions of tween girls nationwide, Claire's is a preferred shopping destination," said Diane Reichenberger, chief executive officer of Dualstar Entertainment Group, the Olsens' company. "We are very happy with the Claire's Stores relationship in the U.S. and look forward to a successful partnership in the U.K."
WORLD CUP T-SHIRTS: Steve & Barry's, the apparel chain, has entered into a licensing agreement with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, in time for soccer's biggest event, the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany, which takes place Friday through July 9. Steve & Barry's has produced a variety of 2006 FIFA World Cup licensed T-shirts for women, men and children. The licensed collection features graphic T-shirts emblazoned with the logos of participating countries, including the U.S., Mexico, Italy, Germany, France and defending FIFA World Cup champion Brazil. The FIFA World Cup T-shirts are priced at $9.98 and are being sold in Steve & Barry's stores across the country.
SALLY NAMES PRESIDENT: Sally Beauty Co. has tapped Michael G. Spinozzi as president, a new position, to oversee the 2,100-unit Sally Beauty Supply retail chain in the U.S. and Canada. The former executive vice president and chief product officer for Borders will oversee U.S. and Canada store operations, merchandising, purchasing, advertising, customer service, customer relationship marketing and loyalty programs. Spinozzi will report to Gary Winterhalter, president of Denton, Tex.-based Sally Beauty Co. and Beauty Systems Group, a $2 billion group consisting of Sally Beauty Supply stores, BSG professional-only beauty stores, a distributorship and sales representatives. The need for Spinozzi's position emerges as the role of Michael Renzulli, chairman, Sally Beauty Co., in day-to-day business decreases.
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
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion