MILAN — It will be a dour Christmas for 700 Safilo employees.
The Italian eyewear group revealed its 2020-24 business plan on Tuesday evening, which identified approximately 700 redundancies next year in Italy, to “safeguard the Group’s competitiveness in favor of the workers who will remain in force.” Chief executive officer Angelo Trocchia said Safilo needs to reorganize its manufacturing footprint “by realigning its current capacity to our future production needs, thus safeguarding the group’s competitiveness and financial solidity for the long term. Despite the call for the emergence of alternative solutions, the new industrial plan ultimately impacts a significant number of people, for whom we will activate all the best possible and most responsible solutions, working closely with trade unions and workers’ representatives. With our economic and financial targets, we aim for Safilo to become a modern leader of the eyewear industry, a more balanced and profitable player across its markets, brands and product segments.” This follows another round of rationalization, as Safilo entered a layoff procedure for some 80 employees at its headquarters located in Padova, in the Veneto region, in September, and let go 80 employees at its plants in Longarone and Santa Maria di Sala last August.
@BillieEilish made history as the youngest person to earn nominations in the top four Grammy categories.
WWD sat down with one of music’s biggest stylists, @samanthaburkhartstylist, to hear what it's like to dress Billie Eilish and other artists for the Grammys.
“Billie [has] three looks,” she says bright-eyed. “It’s red carpet, performance, after party. I’m dressing her brother [Finneas O’Connell], which is the same, red carpet, performance, after party. There’s her brother’s girlfriend, her mom…Rosalía red carpet. Rosalía performance. Rosalía after party. Plus, she probably wants another look, so I have to have multiple options as well, because that’s just what you do.
“Grammys can be a really crazy carpet, so I think dialing it back and just keeping it sophisticated and elevated has been the direction overall for everyone I’m working with, not going crazy,” she continues. “You succeed by not going overboard. It should be a great fashion moment, a great fashion story. It shouldn’t feel like it’s a costume, like a Comic-Con convention,” Burkhart said.
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Ever wonder where celebrities and their stylists find their incredible red carpet looks? Enter, The Residency, the mecca of celebrity red carpet fashion.
A go-to designer showroom and wearable art space for those looking for something unique or custom, @theresidencyexperience has helped orchestrate such viral fashion moments as Cardi B’s $250,000 Met Gala ruby nipple covers (custom-made in a week’s time by @Steferejewelry), and Joey King’s hypnotic, undulating Iris van Herpen Golden Globes dress.
Opened five years ago, the space is an avant-garde candy store of under-the-radar global fashion and jewelry brands, haute armor, headdresses and human hair wigs curated by self-described “fashion activist” and former stylist herself B. Akerlund, who has worked with Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, among others. It’s also the first stop for stylists like Brett Alan Nelson who are represented by the showroom’s sister company, @theonly.agency.
"Helping artists figure out their individuality is inspiring," said Nelson, who is dressing Lizzo and her dancers for the Grammys stage.
Montreal’s hit Mugler exhibition is heading to Paris.
The display spans some 150 garments made between 1977 and 2014 as well as unpublished archival documents and sketches.
Here, Emma Sjöberg is in a look from Thierry Mugler's Les Cow-boys collection during the video shoot for George Michael’s song “Too Funky” in Paris in 1992.
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Report: Miles Socha
Like every season, the Paris spring 2020 couture shows produced a number of memorable moments that sent social media abuzz.
@Kaiagerber closing @givenchyofficial was just one of those moments.
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The @LouisVuitton pre-fall look book is pure pulp fiction.
Celebrities like Emma Roberts, Sophie Turner and Billie Lourd feature as characters on the cover of fictional pulp novels.
The outfits, ranging from sportswear to tailoring, are as varied as the characters portrayed. “In such a ‘wearable library,’ each outfit writes its own chapter made up of romantic monologues,” Vuitton said in a statement.
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