HE CAN MAKE IT HERE: Will he or won’t he? Helmut Lang will show in New York, a spokesman for the designer confirmed on Tuesday. Lang, who has indicated in recent seasons that he planned a return to Paris, will stick around for the time being, planning to show his collection on Feb. 14 at 2. p.m. at 525 West 27th Street. (For a complete calendar, see pages 18 and 19.)
KMART’S ROAD SHOW: Gregg Treadway has been promoted to executive vice president of store operations at Kmart Corp. in a reorganization of the bankrupt discounter’s field operation. Five newly appointed regional presidents — Paul Hueber, international; Michael Jardina, Super Centers; Douglas Meissner, Northeast U.S.; Lee Viliborghi, Western U.S., and William Wulfers, Southeastern U.S. — will report to Treadway and “will have total accountability for the financial results and strategic direction of their respective divisions.” Treadway reports to Chuck Conaway, chief executive officer of Kmart, which filed Chapter 11 on Jan. 22.
MAIL-ORDER BRIDE: Federated Direct, the direct-to-customer division of Federated Department Stores, named Peter Mendoza senior vice president for the bridal strategy. He was vice president of Federated’s “reinvent project,” which led to the development of the company’s “store of the future,” a Lazarus unit opened last year in Easton, Ohio. Mendoza has been with Federated for 15 years and was once a regional vice president for the Rich’s/Lazarus/Goldsmith’s division in Pittsburgh and Kentucky. Federated’s bridal business includes online registry sites for Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Rich’s, Lazarus, Goldsmith’s and The Bon Marche. All sites are cobranded with WeddingChannel.com.
WAITING FOR FRUIT: A confirmation hearing in the Fruit of the Loom bankruptcy has been set for April 4 in Delaware. As reported, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway received court approval of its $835 million offer on Jan. 2, but three bondholders have objected to the proposed fee arrangement. At a hearing on the disclosure statement Monday, the bankruptcy judge requested modifications. Assuming that they are incorporated into the reorganization plan, FTL could receive confirmation of the plan on April 4. Meanwhile, the bondholders on Monday filed an appeal immediately following the judge’s ruling.