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."
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)