NEW YORK — Carla Slocum is close to being named to the new position of vice president of women’s wear at Halston Design Group, people familiar with the situation said.

Slocum’s responsibilities would include overseeing and expanding the Halston brand to categories such as accessories, footwear, and lifestyle-home products. Other duties might involve overseeing new license agreements, product development and strategic partnerships. Neither Slocum nor Halston officials could be reached for comment.

Most recently, Slocum was with Kellwood New England, a unit of Kellwood Co., as vice president of design and merchandising for the Emme and Bill Burns groups. She is no longer with the firm. She also worked as vice president of product development and design at Liz Claiborne Inc. and held executive posts at Brooks Bros. and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Slocum would report to James Ammeen, chief executive officer of Halston, while working closely with creative director and designer, Bradley Bayou.

Meanwhile, Bayou is to host a cocktail party Thursday night at Halston’s Los Angeles boutique in anticipation of the Emmy Awards on Sept. 19. He will show select gowns from the spring collection to Hollywood stylists and celebrities.

— Lauren DeCarlo

This story first appeared in the September 2, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.