ROYAL REWARDS: Queen Elizabeth II gave her seal of approval to several British fashion businesses on Monday, as part of her annual enterprise awards. Winners included the Pentland Group plc, the parent of Speedo and Ellesse, in the international trade category. There were also smaller companies: I & G Cohen Ltd., a clothing recycling company, and Keela International, producers of a waterproof clothing system. This was the 43rd year of the awards, which grants companies the right to use the Queen's Award Emblem on packaging and marketing material for five years. Winners also receive commemorative engraved crystal bowls and are invited to a summer reception at Buckingham Palace.
DOWN TO EARTH: In honor of Earth Day, LOHAS, or Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability, was host of a forum-luncheon at Blue Hill in Manhattan's Greenwich Village Tuesday, where panel members challenged the media to penetrate "green talk" and communicate authentic eco-friendly ideas. Participating were Eli Halliwell, creator of Jurlique skin care products; Wolf Ludge, chief executive officer of Hess Natur, an organic German clothing company launching in the U.S. this summer; Summer Rayne Oakes, model and green activist, and Planet Green president Eileen O'Neill. Oakes called on the media "to educate the consumer, not just list the top five green trends. I don't believe style will change the world, but it's an incredible tool to communicate this message. [Fashion] is an industry that can make a difference." The panelists urged that articles get beyond the superficial levels of green marketing and basics like organic cotton to look at the chemicals used along the production processes, to how the farmers are treated and how far clothes must travel to retail.
AUGUST SILK SEES GREEN: Better knit brand August Silk is launching a category of eco-friendly knit tops made from silk-bamboo blends. "With eco-friendly being so important today, green is the new black," said Ellen Dawson, August Silk executive vice president and chief merchandising officer. Available for fall in stores, including Macy's, Bon-Ton and select Dillard's, the line will wholesale from $19 to $27.
TWO WHEELERS: New Balance and Stop & Shop will be presenting sponsors of this summer's Pan-Massachusetts Challenge Kids Rides, providing more than $400,000 of clothing, food and financial support. Throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire, children under age 15 will ride in 28 bike-a-thons in June to raise $600,000 as part of PMC's overall 2008 goal of $34 million to support research and treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the institute's Jimmy Fund. Last August, the chief executive officers of the two Massachusetts-based firms rode in the adult PMC ride and were moved to get their companies involved at the corporate level. "The PMC Kids Rides is a fun and engaging collaborative program that teaches kids the importance of philanthropy and physical activity," said Rob DeMartini, New Balance ceo. New Balance will be the exclusive performance apparel supplier for a new line of PMC official gear, while Stop & Shop will provide food for each of the PMC Kids Rides.MAGASCHONI GIVES BACK: The Magaschoni Apparel Group raised more than $40,000 at its tri-annual benefit on April 10 and 11, as 250 guests — including Lorraine Bracco, Lauren DuPont and Wendy Hirschberg Clurman — took advantage of the wholesale prices on items like a cashmere ruffle wrap, with a $5 an item charity add-on. Since 2005, the sale has supported the Center for Discovery, a New York nonprofit organization dedicated to providing supportive environments for people with severe disabilities. This year's fund-raiser also added two guest charities, The Southampton Fresh Air Home and Resources for Children With Special Needs Inc., which both enhance the lives of children and adults with disabilities.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“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)