Many retail brands view celebrity associations as a silver bullet — in good economic times and bad — and there’s been an increased air of desperation to the deal-making as the retail world continues to experience unprecedented changes and challenges. But only the authentic relationships thrive, and companies could take a lesson from New York & Co. when it comes to signing an actress to design a collection.
When the vertical retailer signed Eva Mendes five years ago, the company was established, yet not exactly dynamic. “People liked it, but they didn’t love it, and she brought the emotional piece,” said chief executive officer Greg Scott. “I say in every investor meeting that Eva saved New York & Co. because she was the first talent that said, ‘OK I’m going to take a shot at it.’ She brought her heart and soul to the brand.”
“I’m looking forward to jumping into the creative process and exploring fashion through a different lens,” said actor Michael B. Jordan exclusively to WWD about becoming the first face of @coach ‘s men’s business. Not only will the actor appear in its global ad campaigns, but he will also create a capsule with designer Stuart Vevers. Tap the link in our bio to learn more. #wwdfashion
“The name of the show is GP — giant pockets,” said Karl Lagerfeld pre-show, in his backstage meeting room at @Fendi to Bridget Foley. @Bellahadid was one of the many famous faces who graced the catwalk including @Gigihadid, @Adwoaaboah, and yes, even @Kendalljenner. #wwdfashion
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“We are obsessed with Fendi and we want to share this obsession,” said CEO Serge Brunschwig to WWD. @Fendi will be releasing a new capsule collection Oct. 16 centered around the Fendi/Fila logo created by Instagram artist @Hey_reilly. Further proving the logo trend isn’t going anywhere. Link in our bio for more details. #wwdfashion