ATTAINING ITS PROVENCE: Provence D’amour launches for fall with a line that features a contemporary look at a misses’ fit and price point. Wholesaling for $55, the sportswear line includes a variety of looks from a simple black cashmere...
ATTAINING ITS PROVENCE: Provence D’amour launches for fall with a line that features a contemporary look at a misses’ fit and price point. Wholesaling for $55, the sportswear line includes a variety of looks from a simple black cashmere sweater to an embroidered suede and knit jacket. It also includes hand-knit shawls, available in camel and black. According to Ruby Almeda, an account executive for the firm, many accessories stores have already picked up the shawls.
“There are so many women out there who love the look of contemporary clothing, but cannot fit into them,” she said.
Mostly targeting specialty stores, Almeda said the company expects $4 million in the first year at retail.
LIZ STREAMLINES: Liz Claiborne Inc. has announced several promotions within the recently consolidated Liz Claiborne Casual, Collection and Woman divisions.
Aru Kulkarni, formerly a vice president and general manager for the casual division, has been named president of special sizes, overseeing merchandising and sales of the Liz Claiborne woman and petite brands. Debbie Martin has been named vice president, group creative director of Liz Claiborne brands. Martin joined the company in 2001 as vice president of product development and design for the casual division.
Kate McKee, formerly vice president of brand concept, research and development for the casual division, has been named vice president of group product development and design. Maryann Ficarra has been named vice president, group merchandising director for Liz Claiborne brands. In her new role, Ficarra will take on the Liz Claiborne collection merchandising, as well as retail planning for wholesale accounts. She was most recently vice president of merchandising and joined the company in 2000.
TANNER DESIGNS’ NEW PRESIDENT: Catherine Schepis has been promoted to president of Tanner Designs, where she will oversee the business, design and merchandising of the Doncaster and Elana divisions. More than 2,000 wardrobe consultants sell the women’s sportswear and plus-sized apparel lines in private trunk shows held each season in their homes.
Schepis was previously senior vice president of merchandising and design, where she helped reposition the 73-year-old Doncaster brand to attract a younger clientele while maintaining its customer base. Schepis works out of the company’s design studios in Manhattan and reports to Pell Tanner, chief executive officer of Tanner, whom she replaces as president. Before joining Tanner in 1998, Schepis held senior merchandising positions at Liz Claiborne and Anne Klein.
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