- PERU PACT GETS HOUSE NOD: The House approved a free trade agreement with Peru by a vote of 285 to 132 Thursday. The deal would make duty free benefits permanent for importers that brought in $868.3 million worth of apparel and textiles from Peru for the year ended Aug. 31 and open Peru's market to U.S. exports. The Democratic leadership overcame opposition from within its party — 116 Democrats voted against the deal — to pass the trade agreement. The leaders cobbled together 109 Democrats and 176 Republicans to get the bill over the finish line. The trade deal, touted as a new model because it incorporates stronger labor and environmental standards, will go to the Senate, where it appears likely to pass.
-POINTS EAST: Istithmar, the Dubai private equity firm that acquired Barneys New York last August for $942 million, on Thursday said it is opening an office in Shanghai. The firm said the move "heralds the beginning of [our] expansion in prominent cities around the globe." David Jackson, the firm's chief executive officer, said the office would give Istithmar "great proximity to opportunities and developments in a rapidly growing Asia. China is a true emerging market with strong potential for growth."
A room full of toiles at the haute couture atelier in the Dior exhibition at Les Arts Décoratifs, open in Paris since July 5. This is just one of three major exhibitions that have been timed to coincide with the house's 70th anniversary. See the rest of the exhibits, plus read WWD's look into the iconic brand's history. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)
For spring, Pamplemousse's Danica Zheng presented her signature slip dresses attached to a white T-shirt along with floral windbreakers, off-the-shoulder cotton blouses and more. For more highlights from the New York trade shows, go to WWD.com. #wwdfashion
The Green Carpet Fashion Awards closed out Milan Fashion Week yesterday. The fashion industry flocked to the event, showing its efforts to support and spread the message of sustainability. Supermodel Gisele Bündchen said "if each one of us took at least one step is this direction, there is no saying how much could be done." #wwdeye #wwdfashion #mfw (📷: Lodovico Colli di Felizzano)
Etro’s show, titled “The Tree of Life,” was a celebration of the house’s 50th anniversary. “My father founded the company in 1968, which was the year of counterculture and psychedelia. It’s really a show that celebrates that and the paisley design of India and its origin,” said Veronica Etro. #wwdfashion #mfw #ss18 (📷: @delphineachard)
For @msgm’s spring 2018 show, creative director @massimogiorgetti said “Words, sounds, colors. Synthesis and therapy of a collection,” were the inspirations behind the collection, showing today. Read the rest of Milan spring 2018 inspirations on WWD.com. #mfw #wwdfashion #ss18
For her first solo album in over 10 years, Fergie tapped Carine Roitfeld, Mert and Marcus, Giovanni Bianco and more to create a fashion-focused video approach for the record, Double Dutchess. "Giovanni really helped me get back in touch with my tomboy side, my hardside," said the singer. #wwdeye #wwdfashion ( : @slovekinpics)