GOODBYE LESLIE FAY: The Leslie Fay Co. has changed its name to LF Brands to reinforce its image as a holding company of diverse brands. It marks the first time since the firm was founded in 1947 by Fred Pomerantz that the corporate name will not...
GOODBYE LESLIE FAY: The Leslie Fay Co. has changed its name to LF Brands to reinforce its image as a holding company of diverse brands. It marks the first time since the firm was founded in 1947 by Fred Pomerantz that the corporate name will not contain the Leslie Fay moniker. The firm was named after Pomerantz’s daughter, whose brother, John, is still chairman of the firm.
According to company executives, the moderate overtone of the Leslie Fay name was cause for confusion, since the company caters to several different markets. It remains the moniker of its signature dress label, however.
"As we continue to develop existing brands and add new ones, it is important that each brand’s identity and positioning remain independent," said W. John Short, chief executive officer, "but that all of our brands be supported under the corporate umbrella of the LF Brands holding company."
LF Brands distributes apparel under the following labels: Leslie Fay, Joan Leslie, David Warren, D.W. Studio, Rimini and Cynthia Steffe.
HANNANT’S MEET AND EAT: Bergdorf Goodman held a lunch last Wednesday with Douglas Hannant for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America in Goodman’s Cafe. After sipping bellinis and dining on salmon, guests nibbled at their dessert while browsing Hannant’s collection on the fourth floor. The designer will present his fall collection in a runway presentation at the foundation’s annual Women of Distinction awards luncheon May 14. That luncheon, held in the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, will honor actress Lorraine Bracco.
VIVA ITALIA: Here’s an idea: Close down a few lanes on Madison Avenue, park some Ferraris outside, get Cipriani for the catering and call it a party.
That’s what the Italian Trade Commission and the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District did March 27 in a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the promotion "Italy Salutes New York."
ITC commissioner Roberto Luongo, Italian Consul General Giorgio Radicati and Roffredo Gaetani of Ferrari attended the opening festivities alongside local residents and representatives from the Madison Avenue BID. Two lanes of traffic were closed between East 66th and 70th Streets.
The program continued through April 6 as more than 30 Italian brands with stores on Madison Avenue participated. Inside the boutiques — Bottega Veneta, Etro, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani and Missoni, to name a few shoppers found booklets that looked like passports. After visiting 20 stores and making sure to get their passports stamped in each location, shoppers were eligible to win prizes, including Vespa scooters and trips to Italy on Alitalia, as well as gifts from each of the participating brands.UPDATE YOUR CALENDAR: Several trade shows have shifted their dates for next month’s fall II editions. The Annex by Designers & Agents will run May 5-7 at the Starrett-Lehigh Center, 601 West 26th Street, New York. Atelier will be held May 4-6 at the Rihga Royal Hotel, while the Nouveau Collective Lifestyle Show is now slated for May 4-7 at the Park Central Hotel.
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