RUSSELL ATHLETIC PRESIDENT: Doug Kelly has been named president of Russell Athletic, succeeding Calvin Johnston, who left the company. Kelly will be responsible for Russell's retail, team sports, college bookstore and licensed products businesses, as well as the Bike and Discus Athletic brands. Most recently, Kelly was president and chief executive officer of Imperial Home Decor Group Inc. and Unibic North America Inc. Before that, he was president and chief operating officer of Pro Player Sports Apparel and has held posts at Easton Sports Inc. and Converse Inc. Based in Atlanta, Kelly reports to John Holland, chairman and ceo.
OGDEN RESTRUCTURES: Jessica Ogden, the London-based designer who launched her label in 1993, has suspended her ready-to-wear line after restructuring her business and closing her studio. The decision follows problems with Ogden's production, which is based in India, and the theft of part of her collection from her studio in November. The designer, who is known for girlish, craft-influenced designs, did not show at London Fashion Week this season, and her fall collection was not delivered to retailers, who had been previously informed. However, a spokesman for Ogden said the designer is in talks with potential investors to relaunch her collection, possibly at slightly lower price points. Ogden will continue to design a collection for Fred Perry's Blank Canvas range, alongside her Madras line for APC.
ACTIVE MOVES: Adidas AG, the German sportswear firm, will open its biggest store ever, in Paris, this October. To be located on the Champs-Elysées, the store will measure nearly 19,000 square feet and be near Zara, Louis Vuitton and Cartier. Nike, Adidas' main rival, opened its French flagship at 67 Avenue des Champs-Elysées earlier this year.
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