In Brief: Trade Bill Moves Ahead… Donna Hire… New Foundation…
A $56 billion spending bill that would increase funding for the Bush administration's two trade-governing agencies and toughen enforcement of U.S. trade remedy laws is headed to conference after the Senate passed it 75 to 19 Tuesday night.
TRADE BILL MOVES AHEAD: A $56 billion spending bill that would increase funding for the Bush administration's two trade-governing agencies and toughen enforcement of U.S. trade remedy laws is headed to conference after the Senate passed it 75 to 19 Tuesday night. The bill will have to be reconciled with a House measure that passed in July 281 to 42, just shy of the two-thirds margin needed to override a veto. President Bush has threatened to veto the measure because the spending blueprint for fiscal year 2008 exceeds his budget request for the agencies the bill would fund, including the Commerce and Justice Departments and the U.S. Trade Representative's office.
DONNA HIRE: Donna Karan International has named Ellen Fine to be vice president of Donna Karan Collection accessories, a new post. Fine had been vice president of sales for Prada and Miu Miu handbags and accessories. She joined Prada in 2000 as senior sales manager of Prada women's handbags and accessories. At DKI, Fine reports to Michelle Sanders, senior vice president of Donna Karan Collection accessories. DKI is making a renewed push in accessories, with launches to be presented during the January market.
NEW FOUNDATION: Brooks Brothers has formed the Golden Fleece Foundation, a nonprofit organization that will provide financial, developmental and logistical support to local and national charities involved in health issues, the arts and education. Brooks Bros. has long partnered with such organizations as Make-A-Wish Foundation, Thanks & Giving and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. But with the Golden Fleece Foundation, the retailer will be able to spearhead philanthropic efforts and formalize the giving process. Managing director Emilie Antonetti, a 10-year veteran of Brooks Bros. and its parent Retail Brand Alliance, will head the foundation. "The Golden Fleece Foundation is a new venture that I have looked forward to announcing for a very long time," said Claudio Del Vecchio, chairman and chief executive officer of Brooks Bros. "I believe it will grow to exemplify the best of what Brooks Brothers stands for."
EYEWEAR DEAL: Costume National said Wednesday that it has inked a licensing deal for eyewear with niche Italian manufacturer Cult. The new line of sunglasses and prescription frames will launch in January. Prior to the agreement, Costume National licensed its eyewear production to Italy's Marcolin SpA. Costume National declined to provide sales forecasts. Cult, based in Padua, is a start-up that recently inked a licensing deal for eyewear with Thakoon.
“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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye