In Brief: Stein Mart Names CEO … Bendel’s Own Show … Haggar Nominees …
STEIN MART NAMES CEO: Michael D. Fisher has become chief executive officer of Stein Mart Inc., replacing the retiring John H. (Jack) Williams Jr. The succession plan was announced in June. Fisher, 55, joined Stein Mart in 1993 as executive vice...
STEIN MART NAMES CEO: Michael D. Fisher has become chief executive officer of Stein Mart Inc., replacing the retiring John H. (Jack) Williams Jr. The succession plan was announced in June. Fisher, 55, joined Stein Mart in 1993 as executive vice president of stores after nearly 20 years in department stores. He became Stein Mart’s president and chief operating officer in 2001. Williams, 65, joined Stein Mart in 1980, when the company consisted of three stores. He became president in 1990 and ceo in 2001. The chain currently operates 265 stores, which sell moderate to designer brands in women’s, men’s, children’s, accessories, gifts, linens and shoes. Jay Stein continues as chairman and Williams as vice chairman. Fisher and Gwen Manto, executive vice president of merchandising, will be nominated as directors.
BENDEL’S OWN SHOW: Those fashion followers who can’t wrangle invitations to the upcoming New York shows will be able to get a taste of them at Henri Bendel. The retailer, along with Seventh on Sixth, is staging its inaugural Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Boutique in which designers like Matthew Williamson, Diane Von Furstenberg and Luella Bartley will make special appearances at the store in the days following their runway shows. In some cases, the designers will also preview to shoppers several looks from their fall shows. "We think there is more and more interest in bringing the consumer some of the energy and excitement that happens inside the tents," said Fern Mallis, executive director of Seventh on Sixth. "Everything we’re doing there [at the tents] is about getting somebody into the stores ultimately." And, like at the tents, sponsors like Evian andCourvoisier will be handing out samples to shoppers.
HAGGAR NOMINEES: Rae Evans will stand for reelection to Haggar Corp.’s board of directors at the firm’s annual meeting on April 2, and James Neal Thomas has been nominated to fill the board post to be vacated by Donald Godwin, whose legal work on Haggar’s behalf disqualified him from consideration as an independent director based on Nasdaq’s proposed new rules. Thomas retired in 2000 as a senior audit partner with Ernst & Young and, if elected, will serve on the board’s audit committee in compliance with new regulations issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission. In a move opposed by Haggar’s board, Kahn Brothers & Co., which controls about 13 percent of the company’s stock, is soliciting proxies to elect Thomas Kahn and Mark Schwarz to the two seats being elected at Haggar’s upcoming meeting.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)