This year, WWD celebrates 100 years covering all things fashion, and to celebrate, we’re taking a daily look back at, well, ourselves. Beginning today and running through New Year’s Eve, the items will feature “news” from 1910 to yesterday — every bit of it fashionably fascinating.
FNO, Twenties-Style Fashion’s Night Out isn’t the only event to shake up a retail recession with one big consumer-spending bash. In 1922, London hosted its own version of FNO, which actually lasted six days, from May 22 to 27. Dubbed Empire Week, the celebrations were sponsored by area department stores and the Brighter London Society “with a view to boosting retail trade, creating a fresh interest and increasing sales,” WWD reported on April 1. “In addition to the large West-End stores, the cooperation of the navy, army, Royal Air Force, all important public bodies, hospital students, hotels, restaurants and theatres is being enlisted.” Captain A. H. Williams, sales manager of Selfridges & Co., was committee chairman.
As for the name, it stemmed from Empire Day (today’s Commonwealth Day), which that year fell on May 24. And because that was a school holiday for kids, stores made a point to take that day to target the junior set with special activities and attractions. Other days featured carnivals in the streets and an advertising parade. “This procession will include special features from all parts of the British Empire,” the paper explained. “Living characters representing leading British advertisements will play a large part in the procession.” Negotiations were also in the works for another parade to take place on the River Thames, as well as a military pageant showcasing drill movements. “As English businessmen have never been great advertisers,” WWD wrote, “having only learned the art from their American cousins, it will be seen that at last they are waking up to the importance of publicity."
@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