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.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)