MILAN — Tongues were wagging in the Italian fashion industry last week after Presa Diretta, an analytical weekly television program on Rai Tre, ran a segment called “Made in Italy” that focused on the sale of Italian luxury businesses to foreign conglomerates; the struggling textile factories that have kept manufacturing in Italy in spite of higher costs, and the labor and trade challenges posed by an increasingly globalized textile business.
With footage of bodies being pulled out from the collapsed Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh last year and people frantically searching for relatives in the rubble, an ominous voice-over noted that the victims were working for Western brands Mango, Primark, Wal-Mart and Benetton, among others.
“I see things on the hanger and I’m, like, ‘I never knew that color worked on me.’ It’s things you necessarily wouldn’t choose to wear, but once you put them on, you see why Janie is who Janie is." — Lily Collins on working with former "Mad Men" costume designer, Janie Bryant on creating looks for her role as Celia Brady's in Amazon series, "The Last Tycoon." 📸@jilliansollazzo #wwdeye
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Rutson has been tapped to Build New American Fashion Group. The parent of Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliott hired the merchant to rev up its brands and expand its portfolio into designer, beauty and lifestyle categories. Read more on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion
Michael Kors' $1.3B Jimmy Choo deal has the company squaring off with Coach Inc. as both seek to build American powerhouses. Coach bought Stuart Weitzman in 2015 and Kate Spade just two weeks ago, but Michael Kors' acquisition may be putting pressure on its rival in the new push for scale. #wwdnews (📷: George Chinsee)
Meet actress Lucy Boynton, who plays opposite Naomi Watts in the recently released Netflix series "Gypsy." Boynton stopped by WWD to talk about her upcoming projects and her nomadic lifestyle. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)