TALKING TWEED: Chanel on Wednesday said it would accept a mediator in its legal showdown with France's World Tricot, which accuses the Paris fashion house of counterfeiting one of its samples. Last week, Paris' commercial court suggested a mediator was needed owing to the case's complexity. Chanel said in its statement that it agreed to the mediator with the view the case could be resolved through dialogue. "Chanel regretted that World Tricot took the complaint to court last October instead of privileging dialogue to end the current disagreements about counterfeiting and breach of of contract, two accusations that Chanel refutes firmly," the company said. World Tricot, which has manufactured high-end knits for Chanel for seven years, has asked the court for 2 million euros, or $2.4 million, for breach of contract and 3.3 million euros, or $4 million, for alleged counterfeiting. Frédéric Maury, an attorney for World Tricot, applauded Chanel's decision. "We would like the mediation to be rapid and to be concluded before Feb. 15," he said. "World Tricot would rather the case come to a friendly resolution."
WAL-MART MARKETING: Wal-Mart is boosting its marketing team, tapping auto industry executive Julie Roehm to be senior vice president of marketing communications, a new position. Roehm will report to John Fleming, Wal-Mart's chief marketing officer and the architect of the discount retailer's recent push to create a more upscale image. "By creating a single source of responsibility for our marketing communications, we will ensure the consistency of our message," Fleming said. "Julie's experience will be instrumental in our efforts." Before joining Wal-Mart, Roehm spent almost 11 years working for Chrysler and Ford Motor Co.
DILLARD'S NEW DEAL: GE Consumer Finance and American Express are joining forces to issue American Express-branded credit cards in the U.S., and the first deal of the partnership is the issuance of private label American Express-branded credit cards at Dillard's. The retailer's cards will carry the American Express logo and will be accepted on the American Express global merchant network. GE Consumer Finance will be responsible for issuing the cards and providing billing and customer service. GE Consumer Finance now offers its retail partners and cardholders credit cards from the four major payment networks: American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. GE Consumer Finance is the seventh partner to issue American Express cards in the U.S.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
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