In Brief: Singer Joins Tommy…New Chief…Serena Deal
SINGER JOINS TOMMY: Tommy Hilfiger Corp. has named denim veteran Leslie Singer executive vice president of Tommy Hilfiger Junior Jeans, a spokeswoman confirmed Thursday. Singer, who started last week, reports to Christa Michalaros, president of...
SINGER JOINS TOMMY: Tommy Hilfiger Corp. has named denim veteran Leslie Singer executive vice president of Tommy Hilfiger Junior Jeans, a spokeswoman confirmed Thursday. Singer, who started last week, reports to Christa Michalaros, president of women’s sales at Hilfiger. Singer’s last post was vice president of sales for women’s jeans at Nautica Jeans Co. Before that, she was vice president of women’s sales at Guess Inc. She will oversee design, merchandising and sales of the jeans line, which the company is in the process of retooling.
NEW CHIEF: Advanstar Communications said Joseph Loggia will become its chief executive onJan. 1. Heis currently the president and chief operating officer of the company. Robert Krakoff, currently the chairman and ceo, will continue as chairman. In his new role, Loggia will have responsibility for the management and operation of the company and its affiliates and will report to the board of directors. Krakoff will exclusively focus on potential external growth opportunities through acquisitions, and will continue to report to the board. Loggia joined Advanstar in 1998 as part of the acquisition of MAGIC International.He has served as the president of MAGIC, and took his current role in 2001.
SERENA DEAL: As of the new year, Serena Williams will be Nike’s new poster girl, but she won’t be the highest-paid female athlete, endorsement-wise. Contrary to reports this week, Williams’ five-year deal with an optional three-year extension will not top her sister’s $40 million deal with Reebok, one industry source said. Nike announced the long-term deal Thursday, after days of speculation that Williams was about to elbow out her sister. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is believed to be between $4 million and $5 million annually. The agreement includes royalties and performance bonuses for winning Grand Slam tournaments or reaching number one in the rankings, a source said. Williams is expected to play an integral role in Nike’s ongoing effort to do more business with Foot Locker Inc., sources said. Nike reportedly is in talks with Lady Foot Locker to use Williams in advertising and in-store signage to try to woo young, urban customers. The positioning is set up to avoid any competition with Nike Goddess store customers who tend to be in their 30s and 40s.
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye