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.
My character, Dinah Madani, is just the coolest, [most] badass woman imaginable," says @amberroserevah. The actress stars in @marvel's newest series on @netflix, @thepunisher. To prepare for her role, Revah sat down with Homeland agents to get a real sense of with Dinah's day-to-day life is really like. Read our full interview on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
A scene from the 91st annual @macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade, which boasts 50 million TV viewers and 3.5 million on-site spectators, is considered one of the largest and most watched parades in the world. (📷: Jason Szenes/EPA-REX)
The circus came to @bloomingdales 59th Street on Tuesday night and lit up Lexington Avenue with acrobatic dancers, death-defying knife throwing, sword swallowing and aerial acts with no net. The 45 minutes of theatrics built up to unveiling the holiday windows depicting @swarovski crystal-encrusted circus pieces and scenes from “The Greatest Showman” – songs from the soundtrack included. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Joshua Scott)
The psychedelic fashion that pervaded the ’60s is back with an exhibit at the @museumofcityny. “Mode New York: Fashion Takes a Trip” chronicles the changing styles from 1960 through 1973 and features designers such as @ysl, @oscardelarenta and more. The exhibition, which is on display through April 1, is organized into four periods: First Lady Fasion, Youthquake, New Bohemia and New Nonchalance. Pictured here is model Pat Bardonella during the Garvey Day Parade in 1968. (📷: @kwamebphoto) #wwdeye #wwdfashion
“People should be a lot more honest in expressing both the dark and light of themselves. We need to give each other the space to do that because it’s the only way we can grow and evolve,” says @noelwells of her new film “Mr. Roosevelt,” which is largely based on her own struggles. Unexpectedly leaving @nbcsnl in 2014 after just one season, Wells felt set back in her self-esteem and career trajectory. She quickly refocused her energy to more personal projects, which led to the completion of “Mr. Roosevelt.” Read the rest of WWD’s interview with the “Master of None” actress on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
@barbrastreisand is giving fans a chance to see her perform up close in a new concert series, which makes its debut on @Netflix today. From behind-the-scenes takes to her concert performance in Miami last December, the two-hour streaming special captures Streisand in her element. Pictured here is the singer/actress photographed for WWD in 1963. (📷: Palmieri Tony) #wwdeye #wwdarchive
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)