POLO BOARD ADDITION: Rodale Inc. president and chief executive officer Steven P. Murphy has been elected to Polo Ralph Lauren's board, bringing the number of directors to 10. Ralph Lauren, Polo's chairman and ceo, said in a statement that Murphy, who joined publishing house Rodale in 2000, brings "a fresh perspective" to the fashion industry. "I believe that our board will benefit from his experience in building brands in media, entertainment and publishing on a global basis," Lauren said.
DE BEERS APPOINTMENTS: David Lamb has been named worldwide marketing director of the Diamond Trading Co., the marketing arm of the De Beers Group. He replaces Stephen Lussier, who has been appointed director of external and corporate affairs for the De Beers Group. Lamb, who will take on the role in the first quarter of 2006, is executive vice president, director of multinational clients at J. Walter Thompson. "I really cannot think of a better person for this role than David," Varda Shine, managing director designate of the DTC, said in a statement. The company also said Dominic Brand has been named deputy director, worldwide marketing. Brand, formerly DTC's marketing director, developed markets, will oversee DTC marketing until Lamb's arrival
FASHION FIRST FOR THAILAND: Thailand has opened its first library devoted to fashion and clothing design. The Bangkok Fashion Trend Center includes collections of information covering international fashion and clothing, textile and garment manufacturing, footwear, leather goods, gems and jewelry. The center is part of the Bangkok Fashion City project financed by the Royal Thai government to promote Thai fashion and apparel brands. The center, based in Bangkok's Central World office building, also will be a repository for the look-books and design sketches of the leading Thai design firms.
LALIQUE'S NEW AMERICAN CHIEF: Guillaume Gauthereau has been named president and chief executive officer of Lalique North America, succeeding Daniel Barth, who is pursuing other interests in Europe. Gauthereau was most recently general manager of Lalique Ltd. in England. The 125-year-old company, known for its crystal jewelry, has been delving further into the jewelry sector, harking to founder Rene Lalique's background in jewelry. The company also produces handbags, stemware and objects of art. The company has eight stores in the U.S., including New York, Chicago and Las Vegas. Wholesale accounts include Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and Bloomingdale's.
“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)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
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