NILIT MAKES ACQUISITION: Nilit, a manufacturer of nylon 6.6 polyamide fibers based in Migdal Ha’emek, Israel, has acquired the U.S. operations of Nylstar. The acquisition gives Nilit a nylon 6.6 plant in Martinsville, Va., and makes the company one of the world’s largest producers of the fiber. Nylstar president Basil B. Walker will become president of Nilit U.S., a new entity.
DOW INTRODUCES RE:FLEX4: Dow Fiber Solutions will introduce the latest innovation to its Dow XLA premium stretch fiber at this week’s Denim by Premiere Vision show in Paris. Dow XLA Re:Flex4 is a four-way stretch product that will target the premium denim market. The technology achieves the four-way stretch by putting stretch fiber in both the warp and weft of the fabric. It is also resistant to high-heat and chemical treatments.
TRUCK TONNAGE TANKS: According to the American Trucking Association, tonnage carried in April sank 13.2 percent, representing the largest decline in 13 years. March truck tonnage fell 12.2 percent. Bob Costello, ATA chief economist, said truck freight numbers had not yet hit bottom, and it would likely be “a few more months before this occurs.” About 69 percent of all tonnage is carried by truck in the U.S.
NYK UNVEILS ECO SHIP: Ocean carrier NYK has revealed initial designs for the NYK Super Eco Ship 2030. The ship will be lighter and use a combination of fuel cells, solar cells and wind power. It is estimated the ship could help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 69 percent per container carried.
From overseeing America’s fastest-growing speciality retailers to codifying cool, WWD talked to the women who are leading the way for the future of beauty. Check out our Instagram Stories to see how these women built today and are creating tomorrow. (📸: @hannah_khymych) #wwdbeauty
For @laperlalingerie's spring 2018 show, the brand chose to host their event at @thevenetianmacao. With Chinese megastars @bingbing_fan and @hubing in attendance, La Perla debuted a rock ‘n’ roll-inspired collection. The show marked the start of Sands Macao Fashion Week, which runs from October 19 to 24 — the city’s first such event. Pictured here are models backstage with glimmering eyes. #wwdfashion (📷: Cheuk-Yin To)
Trending for spring 2018: top stitch design. Gone are the days of stitch just for seams — designers are using the once-minimal detail to create strong decorative elements. (📷: Paola Testa; Styled by @andrew_shang) #wwdfashion
@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)