NO FABRICATION: Athletic brands aren’t the only apparel firms talking up their ties to the U.S. Open. DuPont representatives called editors Wednesday to clue them in that Serena Williams’ catsuit is made of Lycra spandex. Celanese Acetate...
NO FABRICATION: Athletic brands aren’t the only apparel firms talking up their ties to the U.S. Open. DuPont representatives called editors Wednesday to clue them in that Serena Williams’ catsuit is made of Lycra spandex. Celanese Acetate is also at work in Flushing Meadows. Commentator Tracy Austin is suiting up in Celanese outfits provided by George Simonton.
UNDER ARMOUR’S SCREENPLAY: Under Armour performance apparel launches its first TV ad campaign Saturday during ABC’s "Kickoff Classic" football game between Notre Dame and the University of Maryland. NFL defensive end Eric Ogbogu appears sprinting and lifting in the spot. Unlike its competitors, Under Armour does not identify him, nor any of the other athletes who appear in its ads. Instead of endorsement deals, the brand pays them for their time and travel expenses and gives them merchandise. Known for its compression garments designed to help muscles recover during exercise, the Baltimore-based company expects this year’s annual sales to more than double to $60 million. The Baltimore-based company provides activewear to Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, the U.S. ski team and other elite groups. The brand unveils its women’s line this fall.
MURRAY MOVES UP: Steve Murray has been promoted to chief marketing officer of Vans from senior vice president of international, product merchandising and apparel. In this newly created position, he oversees all product and marketing initiatives for the company. He previously managed the company’s European subsidiaries and distribution partnerships. Prior to joining Vans in 1998, Murray was vice president, global apparel, at Reebok.
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