LOOKING AHEAD: The latest round of runway shows ended only last week, but the organizers of 7th on Sixth are already busy planning for next season -- Saturday, Oct. 29, to Saturday, Nov. 5.
They said certain improvements made this time, including changing the interior of the larger Gertrude Pavilion to black from white and enlarging and better organizing the backstage area, helped overall performance during the shows.
Other moves are being considered to make the shows "even smoother," said Fern Mallis, executive director of 7th on Sixth and the Council of Fashion Designers of America, which helps produce the shows.
High on the list of possibilities is insisting that designers pre-seat their shows, Mallis said, because "those that didn't pre-seat suffered by comparison."
On the group's immediate agenda is renewing its contract with Bryant Park, fine-tuning its relationship with the New York Public Library, since 7th on Sixth is taking over full production of library shows next season, and renewing its commitment with its 11 corporate sponsors.
Mallis said DuPont has already signed on as a new sponsor for next season.
Stan Herman, president of 7th on Sixth and the CFDA, said he hopes to sign an agreement with Bryant Park that will allow for tent shows there for the next three years.
Herman is thinking about "a more permanent setup somewhere in the area," such as a site inside a building in the Bryant Park neighborhood, but said there is nothing specific right now.
As for the prospect of Europeans showing here next season, Herman reiterated that the organization will insist that those designers present their collections before they are shown in Europe.
"We let Prada get away with it this time, but for the European contingent to work, and I think its mostly Milan designers that we're talking about, they are going to have to show here first or not at all," Herman said.
AQUASCUTUM MAKES MOVES: George Santacroce, president and chief executive officer of Aquascutum's U.S. operations, has taken on the additional responsibility of the London-based firm's Canadian subsidiary. He succeeds Peter Batcup, president of the Canadian operation, who has left the company.In Canada, Aquascutum operates 18 stores, a wholesale business for women's and men's wear, and a manufacturing facility. David Carpenter, executive vice president of retail for the U.S., adds Canadian retailing to his duties. John Harper, vice president of sales, who has managed the Canadian wholesale and retail operations, is now concentrating solely on wholesale.
Aquascutum operates two stores in the U.S., in Manhattan and Boston.
NEW AMEREX CHAIRMAN: Frederick R. Shvetz has been elected chairman and chief executive officer of Amerex Group. He succeeds his father, Alexander E. Shvetz, who died last July. Frederick Shvetz has been with the New York-based outerwear manufacturer since 1970 and along with his new title, continues as president, a post he has held since 1984. Joseph Ganger, vice chairman of Amerex since 1984, assumes the additional responsibilities of chief operating officer.
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“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)