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.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty