Top Notes: Saks Protest…Catwalk Bound…Like Wholesale…Humanitarian Effort…Skin Care Artisan
SAKS PROTEST: A labor union representing cosmetics and fragrance employees at Saks Fifth Avenue’s Manhattan flagship Thursday stepped up a public awareness campaign about negotiations with Saks management for a first-time contract. Retail,...
SAKS PROTEST: A labor union representing cosmetics and fragrance employees at Saks Fifth Avenue’s Manhattan flagship Thursday stepped up a public awareness campaign about negotiations with Saks management for a first-time contract. Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union Local 1102 held a demonstration on the sidewalk in front of the store, where a 20-foot rat was inflated Thursday morning and members of other RWDSU locals chanted as union representatives leafleted sidewalks. Prior union efforts have consisted solely of leafleting, which began when employees organized last fall. The midday rally was designed to “inform the public that Saks is not dealing fairly with our union,” said Local 1102 president Frank Bail. Robert Wallstrom, senior vice president and general manager of the flagship, said: “Right now we’re very committed to negotiations with the union.” He cited progress, adding that there’s “a long way to go.” Wallstrom didn’t expect a negative impact on the day’s business, calling the protest an inconvenience to customers and a frustration to store associates.
CATWALK BOUND: To mark the soft launch of Diane Von Furstenberg’s cosmetics and fragrance line at Henri Bendel, the store is raffling off a “DVF VIP Fashion Week” package, which includes two tickets to the designer’s spring presentation next month, an invitation to the after-party and $2,000 in DVF clothes. The entry deadline is Saturday.
LIKE WHOLESALE: Shiseido and Barneys New York have teamed up to give a 40 percent discount off retail prices to qualifying professional makeup artists who register for the program through the Shiseido corporate public relations office. The discount applies to Shiseido and Clé de Peau Beauté products at three Barneys stores: Manhattan, Beverly Hills and Chicago beginning Sept. 8 — just in time for Fashion Week. It’s Shiseido’s way of thanking the makeup artist community for supporting the brands, executives say.
HUMANITARIAN EFFORT: In November and December, Biotherm will donate $500,000 from sales of its Aquasource moisturizer to a program called “Life Springs from the Source.” The initiative, which is carried out along with UNICEF, aims to ensure the availability of clean drinking water to people throughout the world. The beauty brand claims that more than 1.1 billion people do not have access to “clean, pure water.”SKIN CARE ARTISAN: Ré Vive founder Gregory Bays Brown has commissioned artist Donald Baechler to design limited-edition gift boxes for the treatment brand. Two versions will launch in October, one for Neiman Marcus, for $695, and another for Saks Fifth Avenue, for $620. Six items will come in each box but three products will be unique to the mix slated for each store.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
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