In Brief: Talking Cotton … Show Lounge … The London Eye
TALKING COTTON: Poor West African cotton-exporting nations renewed their demands that export subsidies on cotton in the U.S. and other rich countries be scrapped by July 1, during a World Trade Organization agricultural forum on...
TALKING COTTON: Poor West African cotton-exporting nations renewed their demands that export subsidies on cotton in the U.S. and other rich countries be scrapped by July 1, during a World Trade Organization agricultural forum on Wednesday. In March, a WTO dispute panel ruled that the U.S. Step Two cotton program, which included $2 billion in annual payments to farmers, breached global trade rules and must end the cotton subsidies by July 1, but the U.S. has not taken legislative action to end the programs. If it doesn't, the U.S. could face WTO sanctions. WTO officials, including U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman, are slated to meet in Geneva in late July to discuss how to advance the talks on the role of cotton subsidies and their impact on poor African nations ahead of a crucial WTO ministers' summit in Hong Kong in December.
SHOW LOUNGE: StyleLounge will be back as a venue for fashion shows and events during New York Fashion Week this September. The space is located in Times Square Studios at 1500 Broadway, which also hosts "Good Morning America," and will be available to designers Sept. 9-11. StyleLounge can seat 270 people for shows and up to 450 for parties. So far, David Rodriguez, Andrew Harmon, Caroline Hedaya and Sweetooth by Chelsea have committed to shows there. The venue was created by marketing and event production company Livestyle Entertainment and is underwritten by Elle Girl, Elle Decor and American Photo magazines.
THE LONDON EYE: Oakley Inc., the California-based sunglasses and apparel maker, has opened its first U.K. store, a London flagship. The O-Store opened this month on King Street in Covent Garden and covers two floors. "Covent Garden is perfect for the striking and unique design of this store," said Oakley chief operating officer Link Newcomb. Sunglasses, prescription eyewear frames, apparel, electronics, watches and accessories are on the ground floor, while footwear is on the first floor alongside a "chill-out area" featuring an Internet cafe, in-house DJs and plasma-screen TVs. The store kept the building's original stone and brick facade while the interior is a mix of glass, stainless steel and brushed aluminum. Oakley operates 43 company-owned O-Stores.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@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)