SETTING THE LINEUP: Kellwood Co.’s licensed Liz Claiborne dresses and suits division has formed its management and design team.
On the business side, Lou Eaccarino, formerly president of Tahari Suits, will serve as executive vice president; Lynne Rousso, previously vice president divisional merchandise manager for dresses at May Merchandising Co., will be director of product development and sourcing, and Eric Schwartz, formerly Kasper Suit account executive, will be national sales manager of suits.
In addition, Bonnie Brownfield has joined the team as suit designer and Lisa Tracy will design dresses. Brownfield was formerly the head designer for Earth Song and Tracy previously headed design at Expo.
BUDDING DESIGNERS: Seniors in the fashion design department at the Fashion Institute of Technology will send looks onto the runway in seven categories at the annual student fashion show on Thursday. The categories include children’s wear, current scene, knitwear, eveningwear, intimate apparel, sportswear and tailored garments.
Eveningwear will be influenced by birds of paradise, which means brightly colored gowns and feather details, according to an FIT spokeswoman.
David Dalrymple of House of Field, Nanette Lepore and B. Michael are some of the guest critics that will present a student with a "Critic Award" at the show.
CLEAN FASHION: The Madison Avenue Business Improvement District is giving the trendsetting brands that line Madison Avenue a run for their money. Or is it the other way around? In addition to a new logo, the Madison Avenue BID has begun outfitting its sanitation workers in black unisuits that sport the new red and gray logo. For the warmer months, the suits are light gray. In true dress-for-success style, the Madison Avenue BID has consistently received a 100 percent score for sanitation from the mayor’s office.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty