Note to designers: It may be worth updating those résumés. There hasn't been a time in recent memory with so many top design jobs vacant and major fashion houses in transition mode. In several cases, the state of flux is a result of the mergers-and-acquisitions-friendly market, where cash-rich private equity funds gobble up renowned fashion brands and cause internal structural shifts. The next few weeks and months will determine how their immediate futures will play out. Among the companies to watch in the second half of the year: Tommy Hilfiger, Halston, Bill Blass, Emanuel Ungaro and Gianfranco Ferré.
Tommy Hilfiger, whose company was bought by Apax Partners in May 2006, has a search on for a creative director, and according to the namesake designer, has been looking at high-profile talents like Miguel Adrover. Halston, bought by The Weinstein Co. and Hilco Consumer Capital LLC last March, has been working with consultants Tamara Mellon and Rachel Zoe to steer its future, and it, too, is looking for a top designer to spearhead the revival. Meanwhile, Bill Blass, acquired by NexCen Brands Inc. in December, is hoping to replace designer Michael Vollbracht, who resigned in May. The company is said to have looked at a slew of designers to find its next creative chief, and it is said to be keen on bringing in Peter Som.
In Europe, Emanuel Ungaro confirmed last week that it had parted ways with designer Peter Dundas and was looking for new talent. Then there is the house of Gianfranco Ferré, which, after the death of its founding designer last month, is faced with finding a way to maintain the brand. This could involve bringing in a new designer, or promoting someone from within to lead the creative efforts. For now, the division of IT Holding SpA plans to continue putting out collections created by Ferré's 35-member design team.
@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