In these additional duties, Harris is charged with overseeing Hoechst Celanese’s polyester resins and film businesses, and its Mexican operation, Celanese Mexicana.
For the time being, Harris is also continuing as president of Hoechst Celanese’s textile fibers group, a post he has held since 1990. However, HC said, “no announcement is being made at this time.”
BURLINGTON NAMES CLIPPARD: Burlington Industries has named James Clippard Jr. vice president, finance and investor relations, a new post.
Clippard was director of investor relations at IBM. In his 27-year career there, he held a variety of control and financial management positions in the U.S. and Europe.
Clippard, who will be based at Burlington’s Greensboro, N.C., headquarters, will report to John Englar, senior vice president of finance and law.
A WHITE SPRING: White — from head to toe — is everywhere in Europe, according to Philippe Bertrand, president of Fashion Dossier, a retail trend forecaster. Bertrand spoke to 700 retailers, apparel manufacturers and textile mill executives at two recent forecasting sessions at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. The sessions, entitled “Get Trendy: The Global Fashion Message,” included a slide presentation of FD’s International Spring Retail Report and the European fall-winter 1994-95 collections. The presentation showed leading boutiques in Paris, London, Milan and Antwerp, Belgium, and runway shots of the European shows. Featured were Karl Largerfeld for Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Rifat Ozbek, Jil Sander, Prada, Gianni Versace and Dolce & Gabbana.
Bertrand said that in stores and on the runways he saw white in all fabrications, from cotton voiles to twills in updated baby-doll dresses, as well as in skirts and soft sportswear. There is also a huge revival in Chanel-type tweeds, he said, exemplified not only in the Karl Lagerfeld-designed fall collection for Chanel but also in other collections, using complexion colors like blush pink and peach, mixed with blues and yellows.
Bertrand said extremes were important in proportions, citing, for example, “an elongated jacket with a miniskirt or a minidress with a matching coat.” The looks were in soft hues of pink and powder blue and soft yellow and white. In the fall-winter collections, Bertrand reported there was a strong return to color, ranging from the brights to soft pastels, especially yellow, magenta, pink and mint green. He noted the trend is a reaction to all the neutrals and beiges featured over the last few seasons.
WINDOWS OF THE WORLD SLATED: Ron Rubin’s “Windows of the World” report on leading European knit fashion trends for spring 1995 will be held Wednesday at a breakfast seminar at Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers. A new addition to the audiovideo showcase, sponsored by the National Knitwear & Sportswear Association, will be an exhibit of American and European-inspired knitwear from U.S. mills. Demonstrating the knit capability available in the U.S., firms such as Gloray Co., Gotthelf Knitting, Beverly Hills Knitting Mills, SWAK, Winona Mills and Hampshire Designers will have their products on display.