Geoffrey M. Skolnick has been named senior vice president of Amerex (USA), a New York importer of women's, children's and men's outerwear and sportswear. It is a new post.
Skolnick, who will be responsible for operations and finance, was most recently executive vice president of Accessory Network Group. He reports to Stuart M. Cohen, executive vice president and chief financial officer.
Dimitri Uomo Ltd. is reentering the wholesale arena for fall 1994 with separate women's and men's collections under the Dimitri Donna, Dimitri Couture and Dimitri Uomo labels.
The new company is a joint venture between designer Piero Dimitri and Nervesa Moda Uomo, a manufacturing firm based in Trevos, Italy. Vincent D'Eletto, who was the company's director of sales before it dropped wholesale operations 10 years ago, has been named vice president of sales, overseeing all divisions.
Dimitri's made-to-order studios in New York and West Hollywood, Calif., will continue.
Dimitri Donna, a women's ready-to-wear collection, will wholesale for $175 to $450. D'Eletto projects first-year volume at $2.5 million for the Donna division.
Dimitri Couture, a line of men's tailored clothes, Dimitri Uomo, a men's casual collection, and the Donna line are designed by Piero Dimitri and manufactured in Italy by Nervesa. Showrooms for the collections have opened at 46 West 55th St., New York.
Prior to rejoining the company, D'Eletto was national sales manager for Sereti Ltd., a women's leather outerwear and separates firm based in New York.
MUTO AT THE OPERA
Anthony Muto, who has been the head designer for such firms as Adele Simpson and Joan Raines, has done the costumes for the current Opera Manhattan production of "Le Marchand de Venise" by Reynaldo Hahn. It runs through Wednesday in the main sanctuary of St. Peter's Church at the Citicorp Center in New York. It's Muto's second venture with opera. Last spring he designed the costumes for the same company's production of Faure's "Penelope."
EVA DOES DRESSES
Designer Eva Chun has opened a separate dress division for spring under the Eva Dresses label. Chun said the line is focused on "classic occasion dressing" and will wholesale for $270 to $300. This is well below Chun's signature collection, which wholesales for $500 to $1,500 and concentrates on day-into-evening ensemble dressing."The collection is real investment dressing," Chun said. "The idea with the new division is to offer something more affordable that's not a huge investment."
Chun projects volume at $1 million to $2 million for the division's first year, which begins with shipments at the end of this month. The five-year-old company had a sales of $3.5 million in 1993.
Short, simple fit-and-flare and A-line shapes are important, Chun said, as are dresses with jackets. Key fabrics include silk satin, silk organza, silk moire and rayon and cotton lace.
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
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye