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.”
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
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