In Brief: Ross Kelin Exiting Jones … A May Maybe … Designer Spam …
ROSS KLEIN EXITING JONES: Ross Klein said he plans to step down as senior vice president of corporate marketing at Jones Apparel Group Inc., where he oversaw marketing for the Polo Jeans Co. His last day with the company will be Friday. He said he...
ROSS KLEIN EXITING JONES: Ross Klein said he plans to step down as senior vice president of corporate marketing at Jones Apparel Group Inc., where he oversaw marketing for the Polo Jeans Co. His last day with the company will be Friday. He said he plans to join W Hotels Worldwide as vice president and chief marketing officer. The company has not yet named a successor, though Klein said he is working on a "strategic exit plan."
A MAY MAYBE: Moody’s Investors Service put May Department Stores Co.’s credit ratings on review for possible downgrade. May Co.’s issuer rating currently rests at "A2." Prompting the review was pressure from May Co.’s falling comparable-store sales. Last week, the retailer posted an 8.9 percent comp drop for February, a particularly grueling month for all of retailing. The review will focus on the firm’s initiatives to boost sales, especially through private brands and an improved shopping experience. Also going under the microscope will be May’s capital spending programs, storing strategies and financial policies, as well as efforts to control expenses and manage inventory.
DESIGNER SPAM: Style.com is getting behind the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s June 2 CFDA Fashion Awards with a new e-mail service to generate buzz about the affair. Beginning today, Web users can sign up for updates on the event, which is being underwritten by Swarovski. Style.com will send out e-mail alerts every other week, beginning with the announcement of nominations on April 1, through the awards night. The messages will include links to a site for the CFDA Fashion Awards that is being hosted by Style.com. It will include information on nominees and honorees, Q&As with those designers and the event co-chairs — Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera and Vera Wang.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia