PANTS SUIT: L’Koral Inc., the Los Angeles-based maker of Seven For All Mankind jeans has filed a complaint in U.S. District Court against Lane Bryant, alleging unfair competition and false advertising by the plus-size retailer....
PANTS SUIT: L’Koral Inc., the Los Angeles-based maker of Seven For All Mankind jeans has filed a complaint in U.S. District Court against Lane Bryant, alleging unfair competition and false advertising by the plus-size retailer. Lane Bryant began carrying a line of denim jeans last December called Seven7, made by Tarrant Apparel Group, in about 50 stores and on its Web site. Tarrant’s chairman, Gerard Guez, acquired the U.S. license for the Seven7 label from French businessman Maurice Ohayon in 2002. L’Koral alleged Lane Bryant is carrying the Seven7 jeans “with the goal of confusing its customers into believing [the] jeans are affiliated” with Seven For All Mankind, a $130 million contemporary label. Officials at Bensalem, Pa.-based Charming Shoppes, parent to Lane Bryant, declined to comment on the complaint.
TROUBLES FOR WET SEAL: The Wet Seal Inc. said on Tuesday that the Pacific Regional Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission has launched an informal, nonpublic inquiry into certain events connected with the retailer’s second-quarter earnings announcement between Aug. 5 through Aug. 19 last year. The company reported a $102.8 million loss on Aug. 19. Wet Seal said the SEC also requested documents relating to the sale of the company’s stock by La Senza Corp. and some of its affiliates. That announcement, in which La Senza said it was selling its 3.1 million shares of Wet Seal, was made in July. Irv Teitelbaum, La Senza’s chairman and chief executive, stepped down as Wet Seal’s chairman in August. A series of lawsuits were filed by shareholders in September, partly alleging violations of applicable SEC rules. La Senza was included as a party defendant. These lawsuits were consolidated into a class action complaint that has been filed in a Los Angeles federal district court. Wet Seal said it “fully intends to cooperate with the SEC.”
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
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye