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MORE DUTIES FOR HARRIS: William B. Harris, who last week was named head of Hoechst AG's worldwide fibers business, effective July 1, has taken on additional responsibilities as senior vice president of Hoechst Celanese...
MORE DUTIES FOR HARRIS: William B. Harris, who last week was named head of Hoechst AG's worldwide fibers business, effective July 1, has taken on additional responsibilities as senior vice president of Hoechst Celanese Corp., Hoechst's North American arm. It is a new post.
In these additional duties, Harris is charged with overseeing Hoechst Celanese's polyester resins and film businesses, and its Mexican operation, Celanese Mexicana.
For the time being, Harris is also continuing as president of Hoechst Celanese's textile fibers group, a post he has held since 1990. However, HC said, "no announcement is being made at this time."
BURLINGTON NAMES CLIPPARD: Burlington Industries has named James Clippard Jr. vice president, finance and investor relations, a new post.
Clippard was director of investor relations at IBM. In his 27-year career there, he held a variety of control and financial management positions in the U.S. and Europe.
Clippard, who will be based at Burlington's Greensboro, N.C., headquarters, will report to John Englar, senior vice president of finance and law.
A WHITE SPRING: White -- from head to toe -- is everywhere in Europe, according to Philippe Bertrand, president of Fashion Dossier, a retail trend forecaster. Bertrand spoke to 700 retailers, apparel manufacturers and textile mill executives at two recent forecasting sessions at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology. The sessions, entitled "Get Trendy: The Global Fashion Message," included a slide presentation of FD's International Spring Retail Report and the European fall-winter 1994-95 collections. The presentation showed leading boutiques in Paris, London, Milan and Antwerp, Belgium, and runway shots of the European shows. Featured were Karl Largerfeld for Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Rifat Ozbek, Jil Sander, Prada, Gianni Versace and Dolce & Gabbana.
Bertrand said that in stores and on the runways he saw white in all fabrications, from cotton voiles to twills in updated baby-doll dresses, as well as in skirts and soft sportswear. There is also a huge revival in Chanel-type tweeds, he said, exemplified not only in the Karl Lagerfeld-designed fall collection for Chanel but also in other collections, using complexion colors like blush pink and peach, mixed with blues and yellows.Bertrand said extremes were important in proportions, citing, for example, "an elongated jacket with a miniskirt or a minidress with a matching coat." The looks were in soft hues of pink and powder blue and soft yellow and white. In the fall-winter collections, Bertrand reported there was a strong return to color, ranging from the brights to soft pastels, especially yellow, magenta, pink and mint green. He noted the trend is a reaction to all the neutrals and beiges featured over the last few seasons.
WINDOWS OF THE WORLD SLATED: Ron Rubin's "Windows of the World" report on leading European knit fashion trends for spring 1995 will be held Wednesday at a breakfast seminar at Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers. A new addition to the audiovideo showcase, sponsored by the National Knitwear & Sportswear Association, will be an exhibit of American and European-inspired knitwear from U.S. mills. Demonstrating the knit capability available in the U.S., firms such as Gloray Co., Gotthelf Knitting, Beverly Hills Knitting Mills, SWAK, Winona Mills and Hampshire Designers will have their products on display.
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)
The @cfda has shifted the dates of #NYFW, with Men’s showing on February 5 through February 7, and Women’s will directly follow, running from February 8 through 14. The preliminary schedule will be released on the CFDA’s web site in the next few days, but Mark Beckham, VP of marketing for the CFDA, revealed that @rafsimons will be back to close the men’s-specific part of the week with a show on February 7 #wwdfashion (📷: Kelly Taub)
@ferragamo is introducing a new space dedicated to the development of women’s and men’s leather good samples. The laboratory, which is created eco-friendly materials and designed to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes, will allow the company to expand its accessories offering through traditional artisanal approaches. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
How does a “regular, degular, schmegular” girl from the Bronx, N.Y., become a Grammy-nominated artist with a certified platinum record in less than a year? Call it the @iamcardib come up. The 25-year-old has become a musical sensation, and the fashion world is taking note. “If I could describe her style I would say drama. She’s really into the dramatics,” says Cardi B’s stylist @kollincarter. See how Carter styles her bold and out there looks with the link in bio. #wwdfashion
“There is no formula. There is no guideline. I can watch Ted Talks all day, but there is no one who can advise me on exactly what it is I should be doing,” said @ronniefieg, CEO of @kith, in an interview with WWD’s @ariahughes at the brand’s new SoHo office in Manhattan. Head to WWD.com to see how Fieg went from hanging out in shoe stockrooms at 13 to building his own business. #wwdfashion (📷: @weston.wells)
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion