LADY LYNNE CLOSES DOORS: Lady Lynne, a 55-year-old maker of fashion daywear, closed its showroom doors at 1 East 33rd St. here Friday.
Steve Aranoff, president, said, "The thrust of our business had always been stores interested in new fashion items, but there are a lot less stores now, and we didn't get the growth in sales we had expected for the past 14 months."
Aranoff, who ran his family-owned firm with his son, Eddie Aranoff, who was sales manager, said final deliveries were shipped last Friday for Valentine's Day selling.
The Lady Lynne line of daywear was sold to smaller specialty shops and department stores. The firm had also produced the Guy Laroche line of daywear for nine years. The license was discontinued last year, said Aranoff.
Aranoff said Tuesday that it was still uncertain whether he will file Chapter 7 for his company or make other arrangements with creditors.
Lady Lynne was founded in 1938 by Steve Aranoff's father, Morris Aranoff.
MOVING AROUND: Paul R. Cohen has been named vice president of U.S. field sales at Playtex Apparel. He succeeds Maurice Reznik, who has been named vice president of the Warner's division at Warnaco Group, a new post.
Before joining Playtex, Cohen was president of Warnaco's licensed Fruit of the Loom bra and Warner's private label divisions.
Mark Ryan, who had been vice president of marketing and sales for Warner's private label, succeeds Cohen.
Reznik now reports to Larry Karp, president of Warner's. Regional sales vice presidents Sid Greenfield, Jerry O'Keefe and Fred Olson, who had been reporting to Karp, will report to Reznik.
At Playtex, Cohen reports to Lee A. Chaden, president of the U.S. and WestFar divisions.
VANITY FAIR TAPS DENNIS: Tommy Dennis has been named to the new post of vice president of private label at Vanity Fair Mills. Dennis was a director of Vanity Fair private label for three years.
In other moves at Vanity Fair private label, Alberta Myers and Camille Block, both formerly merchandise managers of product development, have been promoted to directors. Myers will continue to be responsible for bras and shapewear, and Block will continue directing the daywear, sleepwear and robes segment.Dennis, Myers and Block continue to report to Janet Peters, a VF corporate vice president who oversees private label innerwear.
KELLWOOD BUYS TWO NAMES: Kellwood Co. has acquired the trademarks for the intimate apparel labels Intimate Concepts by Terry Russo and TRtoo. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Both names are the creation of Terry Russo, who has been in the industry for 25 years. Russo has designed for Lily of France, Victoria's Secret, Gilead and Gossard. Annual volume for the two sleepwear lines combined is about $4 million. In addition, Russo has joined Kellwood as vice president of Intimate Concepts, which will become a business unit of Kellwood's Crowntuft Manufacturing division. She will report to Gabriel N. Hakim Sr., president of Crowntuft.
Hakim noted that sales volume for the Intimate Concepts and TRtoo lines is expected to double over the next two years through EDI and Crowntuft's established retail base.
The Intimate Concepts and TRtoo lines will continue to be shown at the Intimate Concepts showroom here at 180 Madison Ave.
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)
The @cfda has shifted the dates of #NYFW, with Men’s showing on February 5 through February 7, and Women’s will directly follow, running from February 8 through 14. The preliminary schedule will be released on the CFDA’s web site in the next few days, but Mark Beckham, VP of marketing for the CFDA, revealed that @rafsimons will be back to close the men’s-specific part of the week with a show on February 7 #wwdfashion (📷: Kelly Taub)
@ferragamo is introducing a new space dedicated to the development of women’s and men’s leather good samples. The laboratory, which is created eco-friendly materials and designed to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes, will allow the company to expand its accessories offering through traditional artisanal approaches. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
How does a “regular, degular, schmegular” girl from the Bronx, N.Y., become a Grammy-nominated artist with a certified platinum record in less than a year? Call it the @iamcardib come up. The 25-year-old has become a musical sensation, and the fashion world is taking note. “If I could describe her style I would say drama. She’s really into the dramatics,” says Cardi B’s stylist @kollincarter. See how Carter styles her bold and out there looks with the link in bio. #wwdfashion
“There is no formula. There is no guideline. I can watch Ted Talks all day, but there is no one who can advise me on exactly what it is I should be doing,” said @ronniefieg, CEO of @kith, in an interview with WWD’s @ariahughes at the brand’s new SoHo office in Manhattan. Head to WWD.com to see how Fieg went from hanging out in shoe stockrooms at 13 to building his own business. #wwdfashion (📷: @weston.wells)
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion