• DATES IN DALLAS: The Dallas Market Center, parent of FashionCenterDallas, said Monday that it has rescheduled its March 2009 women’s and children’s apparel show to run March 12 to 15 to coincide with its Dallas Total Home and Gift Market and better accommodate crossover traffic. The DMC had previously scheduled the show for March 26 to 29, which partly overlapped with the March 28 to 31 market at AmericasMart in Atlanta. Fashion Industry Gallery, the Dallas mart that wholesales contemporary, bridge and designer apparel as well as accessories and shoes, said Monday that it changed March 2009 market dates to run March 12 to 15 to coincide with the DMC schedule.

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• HILCO APPOINTMENT: Hilco Consumer Capital named Colombe M. Nicholas as the first member of HCC Corp.’s board of advisers. In the role, she will counsel the private equity firm on its brands and brand reimaging. “Halston, Caribbean Joe and Ellen Tracy brands will all benefit from Colombe’s perspective on the ever-changing dynamics of the fashion business,” said Hilco chief executive officer James Salter. Most recently, Nicholas was a consultant for Financo Global Consulting, and a member of the board at Herbalife International and Tandy Brand Accessories Inc., as well as on the University of Cincinnati Law Center’s advisory board. Earlier, Nicholas was president and ceo of the Anne Klein Co. LLC and, before that, president and chief operating officer of Giorgio Armani Fashion Corp. She also was president and ceo of Christian Dior, New York, and headed up Christian Lacroix-USA.

• FASHION SCHOLARSHIP FUND HONOREES: Designer Zac Posen, HSN Inc. ceo Mindy Grossman and Les Steiger, senior vice president and general merchandise manager of men’s at Macy’s Central, will be honored by the Fashion Scholarship Fund — formerly the YMA — at its annual Geoffrey Beene Fashion Scholarship Dinner on Jan. 7 at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel.


• ADRIENNE VITTADINI GROWTH: Adrienne Vittadini LLC has hired David Cassaday, a Vittadini alum who most recently served as director of product development at Belford Inc., to be executive vice president of brand development, a new position. Based in New York, Cassaday reports to brand president Mary Gleason. Additionally, the company has signed licensing agreements with Fleet Street Ltd. for outerwear and Worldwide Dreams LLC for silk scarves, novelty items and belts, all launching for spring.


• SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA: Housing Works’ fifth annual Fashion for Action fall fund-raiser, a four-day charitable fashion fund-raiser chaired by Marc Jacobs, kicks off Wednesday with an opening-night preview shopping event at the Rubin Museum at 150 West 17th Street in New York and benefits Housing Works’ Women’s Health Center. The sample sale continues Nov. 14 to 16 at Housing Works Thrift Shop on 17th Street in New York. Designers and major labels have donated $2 million worth of merchandise that will be sold at 50 to 70 percent off retail. Participating designers include 3.1 Phillip Lim, Bottega Veneta, Calvin Klein, Diane von Furstenberg, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Hermès, Helmut Lang, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, Narciso Rodriguez, Prada, Theory, Valentino, Vera Wang, Versace and Yves Saint Laurent.

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