SAKS NAMES NEW COUNSEL: Saks Inc. named Michael Brizel executive vice president and general counsel. He will be based in New York and report to chief executive officer Stephen Sadove. Since selling off its department store units, Saks Inc. has been consolidating its Birmingham, Ala., offices into the Saks Fifth Avenue home offices in New York. Brizel will succeed Charles Hansen, who is based in Birmingham. Brizel previously worked at The Reader's Digest Association, General Foods Corp. and the law firm of Summit, Rovins and Feldesman.MCARTHURGLEN APPOINTMENT: Tony Vasishta has joined McArthurGlen as international development director, effective April 16. Vasishta previously was development director at U.K.-based food retailer Tesco plc and also has held posts at Woolworths plc, TK Maxx and Boots Properties. He will report to Gary Bond, chief executive officer of McArthurGlen European Development Ltd., the development arm of McArthurGlen U.K. Ltd. McArthurGlen operates 16 designer outlet villages throughout Europe with another six in development. Brands operating stores in its centers include Armani, Ferragamo, Burberry, Polo Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, Prada and Puma.FASHION AND CHARITY: Students at Schreiber High School in Port Washington, N.Y., are preparing to give their community a lesson in charity and using fashion to convey the message. They're staging a runway show at the school on April 12 featuring little black dresses, trendy jeans, yogawear, wigs and Mardi Gras masks, among other looks, to raise money for The Global Fund, a five-year-old organization that fights AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Africa. There will also be dance performances. Several local retailers are providing clothes for the show, including Hirshleifer's, Entrée, 36 North and Bluetique.
Exclusive: @dsquared2 signs fragrance licensing agreement with Euroitalia, with the first effort of the new partnership being unveiled in September. The brand will launch two scents – one for men and one for women – in Italy. Read our interview with designer Dean and Dan Caten on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@louisvuitton has officially renewed Nicolas Ghesquière’s contract as artistic director of women's collections. "I am very pleased to open the next chapter of the story I started with Louis Vuitton almost 5 years ago," said Ghesquière, who first signed on to design the French luxury brand's women's line in 2013. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
“I learned then and there that I had to figure out a way in life to maintain and preserve my sense of pride when I felt good about what I did or what I represented or created,” said @saintrecords on how being bullied for wearing capri pants inspired her to be the artist she is today. Knowles was at the 70th Parsons Benefit last night where she outbid the room for a Dapper Dan customized @gucci experience. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“There’s this amazing braintrust of people who know the whole universe so well. So we talked to them and they gave us more input,” said actor Alden Ehrenreich on playing the young Han Solo in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The cast was at NYC’s SVA Theatre last night for an advanced screening of the film, which hits theaters this week. #wwdeye #starwars #hansolo (📷: @aurorarosedecrosta)
@asaprocky spent nearly two hours in a Plexiglas box Sunday night at @sothebys putting himself through a series of “tests” to demonstrate the process of completing his new album called “Testing.” Get all the details and see all the pictures on WWD.com. #wwdeye
“I’ve struggled my whole life to find a bathing suit that fits me that doesn’t look like a maternity bra. I’m proud of the line because it’s an accurate representation of me rather than me putting on someone else’s clothes,” says @atlantabean of her swimwear collaboration with @piaarrobio, LPA X ATL. The two decided on a swimwear collab and increased the industry standard size for the pieces. Read more about the line — and our interview with de Cadenet Taylor and Arrobio — on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Dan Doperalski)
Exclusive: Cate Blanchett has been named the first global beauty ambassador for @armanibeauty. Blanchett has been the face of the brand’s Sì fragrance franchise since 2013, and is now representing all of the label’s beauty categories including makeup and skin care. #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)