A SNAG AT FERRE?: The sale of the Gianfranco Ferré company has hit a bump. A source close to the firm said Samsung is having “second thoughts at the altar.” As reported, last month Italy’s minister of economic development approved the decision of the three state-appointed commissioners of Ferré’s parent company, IT Holding SpA, to accept Prodos Capital Management LLC’s bid to acquire the brand. Prodos has joined forces in the deal with Salmar Shipping Ltd., a Greek company owned by the Salonitis ship-owning family. The closing of the contract was conditional on an agreement between Prodos and Samsung, which has a fashion line of its own and would be involved in the Ferré deal.
“Samsung is not giving the administrators the guarantees they had requested, such as keeping the company’s employees or on long-term projects,” said the source. “Now it’s up to the administrators again, and they are evaluating how to proceed.” Although the reasons behind this stall are unclear, the source speculated the parties involved “may have agreed on strategies, but not on the operative decisions, such as the choice of a chief executive or of a creative designer.”
WEST COAST WINTER: Charlotte Ronson gathered her West Coast family and friends Tuesday for a holiday dinner at Eveleigh in West Hollywood. True to L.A. style, guests including parents Ann Dexter-Jones and Mick Jones, twin sister Samantha Ronson, Ashlee Simpson, Pete Wentz, Ione Skye, Nicky Hilton and Shiri Appleby shared fried cumin eggplant, beef rib eye and chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches under heat lamps on the restaurant’s balcony while a pack of paparazzi waited outside. Though Ronson hadn’t decided yet how to celebrate the holidays, China Chow was drumming up ideas for what to wear when she begins filming the second season of “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist” for Bravo in April.
Mindy Kaling was primed to start filming an indie comedy that she penned called “The Low Self Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie,” in New York. In the meantime, Kaling got a kick dressing up in Charlotte Ronson’s clothes for holiday parties. “When you’re a comedy writer, you wear anything fancy and people think you’re stuck-up,” she said. “If you wear shoes with a two-inch heel, people ask, ‘Where are you going?’”
TEMPERLEY BACK IN LONDON: Having shown a number of her collections in New York over the past few years, Alice Temperley is bringing her Temperley London line back to its namesake city. The designer, whose studio is based in London, will present her fall 2011 collection in a runway show as part of London Fashion Week in February, to coincide with the label’s 10th anniversary. In past seasons, Temperley had favored quirky presentations or film installations over a conventional show. The designer said: “We have tremendously enjoyed working with different creative teams for the last four seasons in New York, showcasing our collection in new and novel ways. However, we belong here in London, being a true British brand, and are delighted to be back and showing for our 10th-year celebrations.”
Temperley will also mark the label’s anniversary by designing a capsule collection for outdoor-wear company Barbour’s Gold Label line, which will launch for fall 2011.
TWITTER TALK: Perhaps best known for the party that gathers around gourmet lunch trucks every Friday in its parking lot in downtown Palo Alto, online streetwear shop Moxsie recently started hosting a different kind of gathering online. Twice a week on Twitter, anyone with an interest in fashion can give his or her opinion on styles to the Moxsie buying team and brand reps. Participants are rewarded with points and store credit, as well as Foursquare-style badges they can post on Facebook, such as “junior buyer” and “celebrity buyer.”
So far, the ad hoc focus groups — this is not quite crowdsourcing — have resulted in Los Angeles shoe brand Matiko choosing cobalt blue as its “pop” color for a wedge shoe. “If we can make the audience feel they have some influence, that’s the key to deeper engagement than most retailers have,” said Moxsie chief executive officer Jon Fahrner, who was the third employee at Zappos. The startup has $5 million in venture funding.