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."
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye