MODEL DEBATE: Unlike Milan, the British Fashion Council has decided it won’t enforce an official body mass index ruling during London Fashion Week because it doesn’t want to discriminate against models. Hilary Riva, the head of the BFC, and chairman Stuart Rose plan to speak to designers to persuade them to make responsible decisions regarding their models. In the U.S., the Council of Fashion Designers of America has issued guidelines for models that seek to educate and create awareness, rather than enforce regulations. Italy’s manifesto takes ethnic differences into consideration, in addition to setting the minimum age for models at 16 and setting a body mass index. Models also will be expected to have a license that guarantees they are healthy.
PUMA SIGNS TANIHARA: Puma has signed professional golfer Hideto Tanihara to wear its golf footwear and apparel. Tanihara has won four tour titles in Japan, earned second place in the prize money rankings in Japan for 2006 and tied for fifth at The British Open Championships last year. Launched last spring, Puma Golf includes an assortment of golf footwear, apparel, bags and accessories. The company’s other golfers under contract include Geoff Ogilvy, Johan Edfors, Nicole Perrot, Miho Koga and Erica Blasberg.
Mary J. Blige will be featured in ads for her friend, designer Dennis Basso. Of Blige, Basso tells WWD’s Rosemary Feitelberg, “She’s a modern day woman, extremely talented, very beautiful and she represents a powerful woman.” #wwdnews
Just In: In September, @bottegaveneta will be skipping a runway show. Instead, newly-appointed creative director Daniel Lee will make his debut for the brand in Milan next February. Lee succeeded former creative director Tomas Maier, who held the position for 17 years. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
The Gucci-Dapper Dan lineup, which launched today, reimagines archival pieces of the designer — especially tracksuits and jacket styles — in Gucci’s signature fabrics and decorative elements. Gucci leitmotifs, including embroidered dragons, bold letterings and the house’s signature green and red stripes, stand out on bomber jackets, T-shirts and tanks, in addition to tracksuits, which are offered in GG-printed nylon and velour. A new yellow Gucci logo also makes its appearance, inspired by the original sign of Dan’s Harlem store, reports @sandrasalibian. (📸: @ari_marcopoulos_official ) #wwdfashion
Candice Swanepoel’s line, Tropic of C is one of many modern, chic swimwear brands that use Econyl, a fabric made from regenerated nylon that is rescued from things like fishing nets, carpets and plastic landfills and remade into textiles for apparel and carpets. Other swim brands using Econyl include All Sisters, Mara Hoffman, Araks, Adidas and Volcom, to name a few, reports @jessiredale. Read more on sustainable swimwear on WWD.com. Styled by @elmercer (📸: @chrismiggs) #wwdnews
As the veil lifts on the topic of feminine care, modernized vagina-centric products such Queen V The Spritzer Rosewater Spray and vibrators from Smile Makers and Dame Products are growing in availability report @_a_collins and @ellenbthom. Read more on WWD.com #wwdbeauty (📸: @joshuascottphoto)