In Brief: Polo Switch … The Dean of Donna … Kellwood Taps Two …
POLO SWITCH: Polo Ralph Lauren will move all of its advertising operations in-house beginning April 1, a spokeswoman said Monday. The company will sever its longtime relationship with advertising agency Carlson & Partners, whose founder, the...
POLO SWITCH: Polo Ralph Lauren will move all of its advertising operations in-house beginning April 1, a spokeswoman said Monday. The company will sever its longtime relationship with advertising agency Carlson & Partners, whose founder, the late Sandy Carlson, had worked with Lauren at various agencies since 1979. Carlson died last March. David Lauren, the company’s senior vice president of advertising, marketing and corporate communications, will continue to oversee Polo’s advertising operations. A representative for Carlson could not be reached for comment, although the decision appeared to take the firm by surprise. The agency’s Ralph Lauren Group president, Jo Levin, left an outgoing message on her voice mail Monday morning saying she would be on a shoot for Ralph Lauren all this week.
THE DEAN OF DONNA: Former Bergdorf Goodman group manager Dean Taylor is moving uptown — having landed a position as general manager of the Donna Karan Collection store on Madison Avenue, reporting to Heather Bohs, director of stores. Making the transition to the vendor side, he’ll be turning up at a few shows this week. “It’s quite a showcase, I must say,” said Taylor, standing in the Zen garden in the back of Karan’s flagship.
KELLWOOD TAPS TWO: Kellwood Co. has named two executives to newly created posts in its Dorby Group division. Catharine Bandel was named president of Miss Dorby and nine2nine, both dress lines within the division, and Rochelle Krueger was named vice president of sales and marketing of the Dorby and Hipnotix labels, according to Richard Weissman, chief executive officer of The Dorby Group. In her new role, Bandel will be responsible for the strategy, growth and development of these brands. Prior to Kellwood, she served as president of Leslie Fay Dress and the Warren Group. Krueger joins Kellwood to help build the Dorby and Hipnotix brands in the junior dress business. Most recently, she served as vice president of sales for Intertex apparel. Prior to that, she was president of sales and marketing for Mandieco, an affiliate of Maggy London Ltd. Based in New York, Krueger and Bandel both report to Weissman.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
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