TDA BOARD ELECTED: The Textile Distributors Association elected a new board of officers at its annual meeting on June 10 at The Village Club in Sands Point, N.Y. John Cavanagh, formerly of Clinton Mills and now with textile consulting firm Textile...
TDA BOARD ELECTED: The Textile Distributors Association elected a new board of officers at its annual meeting on June 10 at The Village Club in Sands Point, N.Y. John Cavanagh, formerly of Clinton Mills and now with textile consulting firm Textile Resources, has stepped up from his post of president of the TDA to become its new chairman.The role of president was filled by Gail Strickler. Strickler, of Saxon Textiles, is the first female president.George Shtoryn of Schneider Mills is the new executive vice president. Milliken & Co.'s William Gunzel, Pressman Gutman's James Gutman and Bloomsberg Mills' James Marion have all taken vice president positions.TEAMWORK: Celanese Acetate and polyester manufacturer Kosa have joined forces to create Cel-Aire, a polyester-acetate fabric with stretch capabilities. The fabric is lighter than polyester and consists of Kosa's Stretch Aire polyester filling and a Celanese acetate warp. It can be developed into a satin, twill or plain weave. It will be used primarily for men's and women's apparel.NEW DIRECTION: English Accents, the twice-yearly print and design show, is merging with the Inprints show. The first edition of the combined show, which is to be named Directions, is set for Aug. 5-8 edition of the show. The show is set to run at the Penn Plaza Pavilion, and is expected to feature exhibitors from Britain Italy, Switzerland and the U.S. The show, produced by Lisa Mainardi, is to run concurrently with Printsource, held at the Parsons School of Design.WOOLITE OFFERS GRANTS: Woolite Fabric Wash is looking to give up-and-coming designers a helping hand. The company recently created a new sponsorship program, called Woolite Fashion Future Grants, to help promising designers gain wider exposure during New York's spring and fall fashion weeks. Each season, one designer will receive a cash award of $10,000 to be used toward a show or presentation during Fashion Week, as well as inclusion in a print and broadcast ad campaign. Candidates for the award will be selected by an advisory committee chaired by Margaret Hayes, president of Fashion Group International. Designers must have worked in fashion for at least one year and not more than five years, and must use some machine or hand-washable fabrics in their garments. "We wanted to make an investment in the future by supporting the next generation of designers," said Amy Kiss, Woolite brand manager. "We hope the sponsorships will expose them to a wider audience and help them compete."
"'Dynasty' is all about gowns, the diamonds and the scandal, so it's a bit like the fashion industry. When we come to Cannes it's all about the red carpet dresses too, so it all fit really well," said designer @philippplein78 on the theme of his high-glamour resort 2019 show at his mansion in Cannes. #wwdfashion #cannes (📷: @zefashioninsider)
"I think Spike is such a brilliant director because he holds up a mirror to society and reflects these issues, yet he doesn't shove it down your throat, he doesn't tell you what to think," says @lauraharrier on her latest film @Blackkklansman. Harrier was at the Cannes Film Festival – for the very first time – with @officialspikelee. #wwdeye #cannes (📷: @zefashioninsider)
“I would think to myself, Are you happy? Yes, I’m wildly happy. I go to this studio every day and, in my inside voices, I’m giggling; I’m singing. Yes, it’s a lot of work, it’s a [huge] volume of material. It wouldn’t be for everybody. But I was very happy,” said soap opera star @therealsusanlucci of checking in throughout the years with her career trajectory. Lucci spoke to WWD about her decades-long career, love for pilates, motherhood and her QVC activewear line. Read Bridget Foley’s full piece on Lucci on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: @celestesloman)
@balmain has taken a stand at the #cannes Film Festival, dressing 16 actresses at a press call for the project “Noire N’est Pas Mon Metier,” or “Black Is Not My Profession.” The multimedia project includes a book, photo exhibit and documentary, which aims to expose discrimination in the French and American entertainment industries. “The moment I was asked to participate, I knew it was right for me, and for this brand, to form a part of this moment,” Balmain creative director @olivier_rousteing told WWD. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
"I always feel curious and I feel like there's more to learn. But I think being relevant, feeling relevant, I personally always feel that there's just so much more to know. And maybe that's the key.” — @themarcjacobs #wwdsummits #wwdbeauty (📷: @patrickmacleodphoto )
“The most amazing thing about her is that, regardless of all the things that have happened to her, her spirit is so undaunted by all of it. She is the most cheerful person you will ever meet. She doesn’t see problems, she only sees solutions,” said @ajanaomi_king of activist Ifrah Ahmed, who she plays in a new film “A Girl from Mogadishu.” WWD caught up with King at Cannes — Head to WWD.com to read more about her new role, personal style and how she uses social media for causes like Time’s Up and Black Lives Matter #wwdeye
WWD asked a number designers to share their thoughts on what Meghan Markle’s wedding gown will look like this Saturday. Here, Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli sketches his look. #wwdfashion #royalwedding #meghanmarkle