Is Karl Lagerfeld ready to take his act to the airwaves? He had lunch with Diane Von Furstenberg, the godmother of QVC, in Paris on Friday.
"It's still too early to give details, but I like the idea [of going on QVC]," said Lagerfeld. "There's a great future in it and everything Diane touches works. I think she's an amazing person and businesswoman."
He added that Von Furstenberg would be his reason for getting involved.
REFLECTIONS ON TV MACY'S
Federated Department Stores' move to purchase a large chunk of R.H. Macy & Co.'s debt may not lead to a takeover of Macy's, but if it does, industry observers wonder how TV Macy's -- the home shopping network due to be launched -- this fall, would fare.
According to analysts, Federated appears somewhat cool to the idea of home shopping.
A source close to Macy's said, "TV Macy's is part of the five-year reorganization plan. Upon emergence from bankruptcy, they feel they'll have a strong independent company."
According to Macy executive vice president Tom Shull, TV Macy's has up to $150 million to play with through an agreement it reached with creditors.
"We don't have plans at this stage to make a capital investment in TV Macy's," he said. "We're continuing to develop the concept and are working with our vendor partners to explore ways of working with them in this new venue.
"The situation with Federated doesn't threaten us in any way," he added.
Retail analysts aren't so sure.
"I think that deal is in jeopardy while [Macy's] is in bankruptcy court," said James M. Meyer, director of research for Janney, Montgomery, Scott in Philadelphia. "I don't think you can justify making a $75 million investment [the price Meyer puts on starting a cable channel] while you're in bankruptcy. It's one of the things Federated has to look at."
Roseanne Arnold has never been known for her sartorial style, but with a tawdry Vanity Fair cover under her garter belt, Arnold is ready to take on the fashion pundits.In April, the brassy star will launch a line of plus-size clothing to be sold on Via TV, a Knoxville, Tenn.-based home shopping network. It will consist of outerwear, knitwear, lingerie and sportswear.
While several TV shopping networks reportedly had been interested in signing Arnold to a licensing agreement, CelebSales, a New York-based manufacturer, met her in Iowa, where she has a home, and sealed the deal.
There is also a Tom Arnold collection, named after Roseanne's husband, in the works.
"He's not a great dresser," said a CelebSales spokeswoman. "We'll have to take a very basic approach."
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“There’s a huge gap between the old way of doing things and today. It takes the youth to help evolve that. You have to count on the kids today to help lead you into the future. A lot of these retailers are stuck in the past. Communication is the biggest thing,” said @ronniefieg of @kith on the youth’s role in retail. On Monday night, Jeff Staple moderated a keynote session with Fieg and @syresmith at Assembly - a series of workshops, talks and keynotes addressing topics or issues in the apparel industry. Head to WWD.com to read more advice from Fieg and what Smith thinks of his dad @willsmith’s Instagram account and sustainability (📷: @weston.wells)
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“You think your life is going to be a certain way, and nothing you thought would happen ends up happening. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be designing clothes and working with Mickey Drexler, and building something I’m deeply proud of,” said Jenna Lyons. Nine months after leaving @jcrew, Lyons is exploring the meaning of happiness. Read the interview, where Lyons talks about reinvention and more on WWD.com – link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Farrell) #jennalyons #jcrew