FORD’S FRIENDS: Tom Ford is making more connections in Hollywood.
Ford will join legendary television director-producer Norman Lear as a speaker Saturday at the first annual “Ready to Share: Fashion and the Ownership of Creativity” conference, a daylong event at the University of Southern California. Inspiration, creativity, piracy, counterfeiting and other issues involving the creative process in fashion, as well as film and music, will be explored.
The by-invitation-only guests will include people working in fashion, film, music, academia and law. Others taking the mic include designer Kevan Hall, “Sex and the City” creator Michael Patrick King, musician T-Bone Burnett and vintage guru Cameron Silver.
“We had been looking at the question of creativity and ownership of ideas for several years now,” said Martin Kaplan, director of the Norman Lear Center and associate dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communications, where the event will be held. “In movies and music, there is a raging debate in this country about sampling, remixing, piracy, inspiration, derivation and rip-offs. We wanted to expand that discussion to include a realm where the traditions, practices and laws were really quite different. I thought fashion would be a way to do that.”
“[The fashion industry] exists without many of the high walls that people in music and film believe are necessary in order to protect creators,” Kaplan said. “It’s something of a mystery, and we wanted to figure out how that could be.”
The conference will be followed by a reception celebrating the opening of the 13th annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition at the nearby Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, featuring costumes from 2004 films nominated for Academy Awards.
SHIP SHAPE: Surf company Rip Curl is in the midst of a sea change. Beginning in March, Rip Curl is moving its U.S. headquarters north to Costa Mesa, Calif., from Carlsbad, Calif., to a 70,000-square-foot facility. The location gives Rip Curl better access to top design talent in Orange County and Los Angeles, said media relations director P.J. Connell. At the same time, it’s bringing new captains aboard. Chief executive officer Jimmy Olsson, a former divisional merchandising manager at Coach, is leaving in March after two years at Rip Curl’s helm to join a new apparel company in New York. Group ceo David Lawn, who oversees the entire Australian-based firm, will assume Olsson’s responsibilities. Chief operating officer Shane Fallscheer replaces Leigh Tonai, who left a year ago to return to Hawaii. Group art director James Taylor has been promoted to group creative director to work more closely with the marketing department. And creative director Jennifer Koll, who will oversee the juniors’ business, replaces James Sowins. He left three months ago to work at Guess Inc. as vice president of women’s design.“These changes will help mold the brand beyond just a surf company and into an edgy, streetwear label,” Connell said.
HURLEY GIRL: Hurley International has appointed Laura Sanders to be director of marketing, a new position for the Costa Mesa, Calif.-based company. Sanders, 31, is the former vice president of sponsorships for the Vans Warped Tour. She will oversee men’s marketing and will work with Lyndsey Roach, Hurley’s juniors’ marketing manager, in developing the brand image for Hurley. Sanders reports to Paul Gomez, Hurley’s vice president of marketing.
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@badgalriri’s @fentybeauty launch in September was a massive success on social media, powering $72.9 million of earned media value, according to Tribe Dynamics. The brand’s foundation offering sparked conversations about diversity in beauty, launching the growth of emerging influencers and propelling the brand’s support on social media. Today, #fentybeauty won Launch of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📷: Chema Moya/EPE-EFE)
@marianna_hewitt has become one of the most influential content creators in the beauty space, with almost 800,000 Instagram followers and a newly launched skin care line called @SummerFridays. Today, she was awarded Influencer of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📸: @sophiachabbott )
As shopping behaviors evolve, the retail experience must follow. Head over to retail experts @colliersinternational’s Knowledge Leader series to read more about the shift in our shopping era. #colliersretail #lovecolliers
@prada opened a pop-up club, called Prada Double Club, in collaboration with German artist Cartsen Höller at @artbasel Miami. Last night, guests – including @youngparis, @ritaora and even Miuccia Prada herself – gathered in a former ice factory where the pop-up is housed for a performance from @wyclefjean. Go to WWD.com for full coverage on all the exhibits, parties and more at #ArtBaselMiami. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@louboutinworld and @disney are making magic once again, creating a set of shoe designs for the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Louboutin designed a pair of shoes for each of the film’s four female leads: Rey (@daisyridrey), Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (@lauradern), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and Rose Tico (@kellymarietran). The shoes will debut on Saturday at the L.A. premiere of the latest episode. #wwdfashion
Today at the #BeautyIncAwards 2017, WWD will be joined by beauty leaders from around the world as we honor this year's most innovative people, products, brands and places. Follow along here and on Twitter for live coverage from the exclusive event. #wwdsummits (📷: @elizaflorendo)
Exclusive: Beauty superinfluencer @marianna_hewitt is launching her first-ever skin care brand with her business partner @laurengores. Their new line Summer Fridays, which will be sold exclusively at summerfridays.com starting in January, is launching with just one product – a hydrating cream Jet Lag Mask. “We wanted to focus on one product that was amazing,” said Hewitt. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Michelin star-rated chef PJ Calapa marks his first solo endeavor with today’s opening of @scampinyc –– the new Southern Italian restaurant located in Manhattans’ Flatiron District. The upscale yet welcoming environment matches the menu, which includes two types of scampi: traditional Italian langoustines in butter and the Americanized version with shrimp over pasta 🍤 - pictured here. #wwdeye (📷: George Chinsee)