POLO NAMES SCHWARTZ: Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. tapped Aaron Schwartz to head Polo Ralph Lauren Footwear, effective April 3. Schwartz, who will report to executive vice president Jacki Nemerov, was most recently global president and chief executive officer of Bruno Magli, based in Bologna, Italy, and before that, vice president and divisional merchandise manager of women's shoes at Federated Department Stores. Prior to that, he held several accessory merchandising roles at Ann Taylor. At Polo, he will oversee all efforts for Ralph Lauren Footwear, and work with Tom Terry, senior vice president of footwear sales, and Marco Marin, vice president of Collection footwear sales, who will both report to New York-based Schwartz. "We bought back our footwear license earlier this year, making footwear a key component of our broader initiative of building a global luxury accessories business," Nemerov said in a statement.
NIKE SOCCER SITE: Nike teamed with Google on Monday to launch a soccer Web site at joga.com. The site is designed to be a global online community where users view profiles of players, post their own photos and chat with other visitors. The site may be viewed in 14 languages and is accessible by invitation only. Joga, which means "play" in Portuguese, is part of a push by Nike to expand its footprint in soccer. The company has launched a fashion collection this spring inspired by the World Cup and also has been building its performance soccer business with a wider range of apparel and equipment.
EMERGENCY DIET: Bad news continues to pile up at ST Dupont. The troubled French high-end pen and lighter firm said it would slash 190 to 205 jobs as part of a five-year restructuring plan to get back on its feet. The group, which employs about 850 people, also said it would close four of its 15 boutiques, including one in London and two in Japan. ST Dupont had a first-half net loss of 31.5 million euros, or $37.8 million at current exchange, and said it expected to lose 53 million euros, or $63.6 million, for the full year. In January, Chinese entrepreneur Dickson Poon, who is ST Dupont's main shareholder, agreed to give the debt-laden firm 42 million euros, or $50.4 million, to keep it operational.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)