SUITING UP: This Saturday, 40 models will be vying to represent the U.S. in the international finals of the Elite Model search.
During the national finals at the Royal Palm Resort in Miami, they will be wearing La Blanca by Rod Beattie swimwear, a line produced by Apparel Ventures.
Beattie, who will be in Miami for this weekend’s annual swimwear trade show, will serve as a judge. Editors from magazines such as Jane and Lucky will also lend their eyes to the jury, selecting a handful of finalists to compete in next month’s international event in Tunisia.
SPEEDO’S SHUFFLE: Michelle Mohlere has rejoined Speedo/Authentic Fitness as vice president of women’s merchandising. She is based at the Los Angeles office and reports to Susan Guensch, president.
Before leaving the company two years ago to work as an independent consultant, Mohlere held various designer and merchandising jobs at Authentic Fitness for 12 years.
Speedo also said Wednesday that Mike Nicklas has been promoted to senior vice president of department store sales, Stu Isaac to senior vice president of team sales and sports marketing, Craig Brommers to vice president of marketing and Maricel Castro to director of women’s merchandising.
Nicklas and Isaac report to Tim Tate, who is executive vice president of sales. Brommers, Allen and Castro report to Guensch.
@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)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia