WARNACO NAMES BARAN: Joyce Baran has been appointed vice president of creative design for the Warner’s, Olga and Bodyslimmers intimate apparel businesses at The Warnaco Group.
Baran was formerly vice president of merchandising and design at the licensed Liz Claiborne Intimates unit of Jockey International since August 2000. She reports to David Clark, president of Warnaco Intimates, overseeing the trio of brands.
Baran, a shapewear specialist in the intimate apparel industry for more than 20 years, also served as vice president of merchandising at Specialty Intimates, a former unit of Sara Lee Intimate Apparel, as well as merchandising and design posts at Ithaca Industries and Warnaco in the 1980s.
In other developments at Warnaco, Gwen Widell, senior vice president of merchandising and product development for Warnaco Intimate Apparel, has left the company after a 15-year career at Warnaco. Widell’s plans could not be learned.
Tom Wyatt, president of the Warnaco Intimate Apparel Group, overseeing all brands in that sector, said: "We plan to name a successor. We also plan to realign the structure of the intimates businesses, and will be looking at differentiating the design talent and teams of Warner’s and Olga because they are two distinctly different brands."
Warnaco, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in June 2001, is due to file its reorganization plan today. Wyatt said, "We are extremely proud of what has been accomplished here since filing for bankruptcy."
KELLWOOD TAPS DARMANTE: Michael Darmante has been promoted to president of the Biflex International Inc. division of Kellwood Co.
Darmante succeeds his brother, Dale, a 24-year veteran of Biflex, who will retire Oct. 31. Also retiring will be their father, Frank, chief executive officer of Biflex, who has been with the company since 1972 and purchased the firm in 1978.
Darmante, who has been at the Biflex company for 22 years, most recently was executive vice president of Biflex. Prior to Kellwood’s acquisition of Biflex in 2000, he was executive vice president of manufacturing. He reports to James Mogan, president of Kellwood’s intimate apparel operation.
A new ceo at Biflex will not be named, according to a Kellwood spokeswoman. She said, "The business will continue the way the Darmantes created it. We plan to take it to the next level."Biflex is known for innovative product design and speed to market for private label bras. The firm also produces a licensed collection of bras under the Oscar de la Renta brand.
@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)