WATCH CHIEF: Vacheron Constantin, the luxury Swiss watchmaker owned by Compagnie Financière Richemont SA, has a new chief executive. Juan-Carlos Torres will succeed Claude-Daniel Proellochs, who is retiring, Richemont said. The cigar-smoking Proellochs had been with the Geneva-based Vacheron, which celebrated its 250th anniversary this year, for the last 17 years, developing the brand's luxury cachet among collectors by drawing on the brand's heritage for complicated mechanical creations. For his part, Torres has worked at Vacheron Constantin since 1981, first as an accountant, rising through the ranks until, in 2002, he was named deputy chief executive. Richemont, with a brand portfolio that includes Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Alfred Dunhill and IWC, has owned Vacheron Constantin since 1996.
MITCHELLS TAPS FINLAYSON: Mitchells and Richards, the two upscale fashion stores in Connecticut owned by the Mitchell family, has hired Ellen Finlayson as divisional merchandise manager of women's shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories. She reports to Bob Mitchell, co-president of Mitchells-Richards. "Ellen's position is new because our women's business continues to grow," said Mitchell. The women's team includes Marta Nowakowsi, jewelry and accessories buyer; Linda Mitchell, ready-to-wear dmm; Lauren Perez, buyer for advanced collections, and Angela Pieretti, contemporary collections buyer. Finlayson previously worked at Bloomingdale's and Bergdorf Goodman and most recently was dmm at the Redcats USA catalogue.
@beyonce chose a custom gown by @falgunishanepeacockindia for mother @mstinalawson 's second annual Wearable Art Gala last night. The gown, which took 10 days to make, was inspired by Nubian warrior queen Amanishakheto. Reporting by @hernameislex . #wwdeye 👑 🐝#beyonce
After dressing @justintimberlake for his Super Bowl halftime performance last month, @stellamccartney has designed the star’s "Man of the Woods" tour wardrobe. Timberlake will be wearing a mix of pieces from McCartney’s fall men's collection as well as custom designs and items from his own closet. #wwdfashion
@carmeloanthony is upping his fashion game once again, introducing a hat collection with @goorinbros. Called Fresh Greens by Melo x Goorin, the line consists of five unisex models, all of which are made in America from 100 percent wool. Each hat is lined with Anthony’s signature and the inscription “Knowledge of self, wisdom and understanding.” You can purchase the collection line at Goorin’s website as well as three off its stores in San Francisco, New York City and Las Vegas #wwdaccessories
“I am of tradition, but that doesn’t mean I have an old outlook on life,” Hubert de Givenchy told WWD in an interview in 1978. The legendary designer, who died last week at the age of 91, achieved wide success soon after launching his own couture boutique in the early ’50s, but he refused to pine for that time. For the first time since its original publication, read our interview with Givenchy on his awe for Audrey Hepburn and looking forward. Link in bio. #wwdarchives #fbf (📷: Pierre Schermann)
About last night: @alexachung and @supergausa toasted the launch of their capsule collection. “It’s the shape that I love, so rather than amend the last and make the sole crazy or do anything wild, we just did really subtle additions that I think make it look really luxe-y,” said Chung. #wwdfashion (📷: Marc Patrick)
Exclusive: @off____white’s @virgilabloh is launching an exclusive eyewear capsule collection @sunglasshut. The unisex collection, which is made up of three styles, first made its debut on the brand’s fall runway show in Paris. Get all the details on WWD.com – link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion