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Pay for Piloting Nordstrom

The trio of Nordstrom Inc. copresidents — Blake, Peter and Erik Nordstrom — each drew total compensation of about $5.6 million last year.
The brothers, who are great-grandsons of the company’s founder, John W. Nordstrom, were part of the family group that tried to take the company private, but came up short amid a difficult financing environment. Each of the executives drew a salary of $771,142, stock and option awards valued at $2.4 million — and subject to market fluctuations — and incentive pay of $1.4 million, according to filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Also tallied in their compensation was their merchandise discount of 33 percent on goods purchased at Nordstrom and 20 percent at Nordstrom Rack stores. Blake received a total discount of $37,539, while Erik’s was $30,753 and Peter’s was $9,529.
Under SEC rules, the company also identified the median pay for all employees, other than Blake Nordstrom, who ranks as principal executive officer.
The worker in the middle of the bell curve at Nordstrom was paid $30,105 — putting the top executive’s pay at 187 times the median. About 56 percent of the retailer’s 70,000-strong workforce was either part time or seasonal, pulling the median pay down to $30,105.
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Bethenny Frankel Honored by Dress for Success

IN REALITY: Leading her seven-year-old daughter through the Dress For Success gala crowd Wednesday night, Bethenny Frankel asked, “What do you think, Bryn? Fancy, right?”
With more than 800 attendees at the Cipriani Wall Street dinner, Bryn Hoppy had a lot to take in en route from the red carpet. But the founder and chief executive officer of Skinnygirl wanted her daughter to remember more than the glittery Adrianna Papell dresses worn by the DFS ambassadors.
Before honoring the “Real Housewives” star with this year’s Humanitarian award, DFS chief executive officer Joi Gordon spoke of efforts in 30 countries, a new DFS app, international interview boot camps, a Walmart-funded retail trajectory program through 20 U.S. affiliates. In its fourth year as a partner, Talbots recently raised more than $1.1 million in donations from its shoppers in six weeks. Coupled with a $250,000 donation from Talbots and a collection curated by Talbots and O Oprah magazine, “Dress for Success is on its way going strong, going places this year.” Gordon said. (Talbots’ ceo Lizanne Kindler, and O’s Jayne Jamison and Adam Glassman were on hand for the festivities.)
The room fell silent, when Kara Burns, a beneficiary of the B Strong program Frankel set

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Selfridges Set to Unveil First Cinematic Ad Campaign in 40 Years

SELFRIDGES’ BIG SCREEN: Selfridges is off to the movies with its first cinematic ad campaign in four decades, which will hit screens in the U.K. on Friday.
Called “Radical Luxury” and reflecting the in-store thematic takeover of the same name, it is the biggest advertising campaign that Selfridges has ever done. The 60-second film will be shown in selected cinemas across the U.K. in cities including London, Birmingham and Manchester from Friday to May 19.
The campaign will also include billboard ads, have a digital element and video on-demand placement. The campaign is meant to express Selfridges’ vision of “the essence of luxury” and promote the in-store takeover that aims to explore the meaning of luxury in today’s world.
The campaign will launch ahead of the opening of the Flipside, an exhibition that takes an alternative look at luxury through seven brand experiences.

A visual from the Selfridges’ “Radical Luxury” cinematic campaign.
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Flipside will be staged in Selfridges’ old hotel on Orchard Street and has been designed as a multisensory journey into altered states of luxury. It was designed in collaboration with brands such as Google, Louis Vuitton, Loewe, and Thom Browne.
The campaign launch also comes on the eve of the unveiling of the final phase

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Victoria & Albert Museum Gets Sustainability Discussion Going at Party to Mark Latest Show

NATURAL WONDERS: The Victoria & Albert museum has opened the doors to its latest exhibition, “Fashioned From Nature,” inviting designers, models and members of the industry to unpick fashion’s complicated — and at times destructive — relationship with nature.
“This is a complex and bittersweet relationship at a time where we are all increasingly scrutinizing fashion and the material impact on the natural world. Fashioned from Nature provides an opportunity to investigate these devastating effects fashion has on the earth,” said the museum’s chairman Nicholas Coleridge.
“This is the first-ever exhibition that puts fashion and sustainability in a historic context. The exhibition also asks what we can learn from the past so that we can better design for the future of the fashion industry, and it encourages us all to consider our own choices more carefully.”
Coleridge, who was joined by the likes of Stella McCartney, Ellie Goulding, Stephen Jones, Jacquetta Wheeler and Arizona Muse at the opening dinner on Wednesday night, stressed the importance of highlighting new technological innovations, both “tested and experimental” that are helping to transform fashion into a less wasteful industry.
In particular, he pointed to Stella McCartney’s partnership with the biotechnology company Bolt Threads to create the Mylo Falabella

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La Perla Gets Featured Role in ‘Dynasty’

TV APPEARANCE: La Perla, the Italian luxury fashion and lingerie brand, is hitting the small screen. The brand will be featured in a new episode of “Dynasty” airing Friday night at 8 p.m. on The CW. The episode enters around a La Perla fashion presentation from the brand’s pre-fall 2018 ready-to-wear collection and features a guest appearance by Julia Haart, La Perla’s creative director, and the first female creative director to lead the company since its founder, Ada Masotti.
“Dynasty,” is a modernized reboot of the Eighties primetime soap opera that follows two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children.
It’s been a busy year for La Perla. As reported in February, Amsterdam-based private equity firm Sapinda Holding bought 100 percent of La Perla Global Management from Silvio Scaglia, the Italian entrepreneur who heads Pacific Global Management and has controlled the lingerie brand since 2013.
La Perla was founded in 1956. Masotti’s son, Alberto, headed the business until it was sold to private equity player JH Partners in 2007, which later passed the firm on to Scaglia.

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Saint Laurent Taps Kaia Gerber for Fall Campaign

POCKET VENUS: Saint Laurent has tapped model-of-the-moment Kaia Gerber to feature in its fall ads.
The French fashion house on Thursday released four black-and-white images and a video, which show the 16-year-old daughter of Cindy Crawford looking sultry in a deeply unbuttoned black blouse and a cream Mongolian fur coat, against the backdrop of The Velvet Underground’s “Venus in Furs.”
In only her second season on the catwalk, Gerber ruled the Saint Laurent runway in February, appearing in three looks, including a black mini dress with a sculptural asymmetric ruffle and a floral embroidered dress with a ruched skirt.
This was the second batch of images linked to creative director Anthony Vaccarello’s fall campaign. The first, released last month only two weeks after the show, featured longtime Saint Laurent muse Betty Catroux shot by David Sims, in what was billed as her first advertising campaign.
Saint Laurent previously tapped for its spring campaign an eclectic cast of characters, which featured Kate Moss, Zoë Kravitz, Vincent Gallo and Laetitia Casta.

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Daphne Guinness Debuts Second Album at London’s BFI Imax

ANOTHER GUINNESS RECORD: Daphne Guinness’ signature look, a pulled-back platinum blonde and black coif, was projected in a variety of glam rock iterations on the walls of the BFI Imax theater in London’s Waterloo Wednesday night ahead of the release of her second album, “Daphne & the Golden Chord.”
The album was produced in collaboration with Tony Visconti, who also worked on Guinness’ debut album, “Optimist in Black.” The tracks were inspired by Guinness’ childhood hero and close friend David Bowie, by T. Rexlead singer Marc Bolan and The Doors.
Recorded on analogue tape, the new album has echoes of Sixties and Seventies retro rock-‘n’-roll influences.
“I was a huge T. Rex fan and also I have fantastic brothers and all of their music became my music, I’d hear it through the floor of the nursery,” Guinness said of her influences.
Starting off the night with the track “No, No, No,” the video segued into Guinness’ second song, “Five Planets,” an exclusive body of work produced by Nick Knight of Show Studio. It made use of 3-D-scanning and 3-D animation.
In the video, Guinness rocks in otherworldly looks by Iris van Herpen and Gareth Pugh.
“To be able to generate my own sound and vision is

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Saint Laurent to Stage Show in New York on June 6

BE A PART OF IT: Having harnessed the power of the Eiffel Tower in his last two women’s ready-to-wear shows, Anthony Vaccarello now has his eye on the Big Apple.
The designer will stage his next show for Saint Laurent in New York City on June 6, according to sources familiar with the label’s plans. Such a move would be a powerful endorsement for New York Fashion Week, which has seen a clutch of designers defect to other locations in recent seasons.
Officials at Saint Laurent declined to comment on the house’s plans.
The New York calendar is in flux, following Alexander Wang’s decision to move his show to June from September. In tandem with Wang’s move, the Council of Fashion Designers of America has put into motion plans for official summer and winter fashion seasons taking place as soon as June and December 2018.
The CFDA’s web site lists June 2 to 6 as the dates for the next New York Fashion Week, to be followed by New York Fashion Week: Men’s from July 8 to 10. It is sticking to its main women’s season from Sept. 5 to 11.
To add to the confusion, May and June is also resort season, with Prada,

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Christian Siriano to Discuss His Career, 10th Anniversary With Fern Mallis at 92Y

HAVE A SEAT: With a new multistory Midtown address and store, Christian Siriano has never been more ensconced in New York City. And on June 12 at 92Y, the youngest winner of “Project Runway” will be detailing how his career fast-forwarded over the past 10 years.
Siriano will be looking back (and forward) with Fern Mallis in one of her “Fashion Icons” Q&As. Along with a celebrity client list that has included Leslie Jones, Debra Messing, Scarlett Johansson and Lady Gaga, the designer has his own loyal fan base that was jump-started by his “Project Runway” win. Of course, that was one of several influential launching pads. Siriano had runs at Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. Earlier this week he opened The Curated NYC, a multibrand store at 5 West 54th Street, in a 1918 neo-Renaissance style townhouse that at one-time housed Fabergé’s headquarters as well as Cary Grant’s office.
Explaining the concept to WWD, Siriano said, “I really wanted to create a mini-department store. If you come in to shop for a beautiful Christian Siriano dress, what else can go with it that looks amazing? I don’t do jewelry so I wanted to partner with great jewelry brands, I don’t do

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Peter Marino Receives French Honor in New York

Peter Marino swapped his trademark biker leathers for wool — above the waist, at least — at a ceremony Monday night at the cultural arm of the French Embassy in New York.
That smoothed the pinning on his chest of the medal for his latest honor: Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters.
“Do you recognize it? You made it for me 15 years ago,” Marino explained to LVMH Fashion Group honcho Sidney Toledano, as he stroked the covered placket of the cropped style, in black to match his leather pants and high police boots. Toledano had presided over Dior and Dior Homme when its ateliers turned out the sharp-shouldered garment.
Toledano and Chanel’s Alain Wertheimer were among French luxury executives — marquee clients of the acclaimed American architect — who turned out for the event.
Marino’s retail projects also include gleaming flagships for Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Ermenegildo Zegna and others — though his initial claim to fame was the Madison Avenue flagship of Barneys New York back in 1985.
“And Barneys was clearly blown away with your work because they hired you to design 17 more of their department stores,” Bénédicte de Montlaur, cultural counselor of the French Embassy, told a small crowd

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EXCLUSIVE: Cartier Names Annabelle Wallis the New Face of Panthère de Cartier Watch

Cartier is again teaming up with Hollywood and adding Annabelle Wallis to the fold as the new face of its Panthère de Cartier, WWD has learned.
The multilingual British actress who starred in “Peaky Blinders,” “The Mummy,” “The Tudors” and “The Man Who Would Be Bond” is being tapped as a brand ambassador.
“Behind her luminous complexion, blue eyes and gentle manner, the Maison discovered a great strength of character, a fearless spirit and a hunger for self-expression: the soul of a panther, driven and determined to turn convention on its head and get her teeth into something. Annabelle Wallis embodies the Panthère woman,” Cartier said in a statement.
The confirmation of Wallis is a continuation of a new advertising direction for the fine jewelry brand, which recently revealed Jake Gyllenhaal as the face of the Santos de Cartier collection.
The Cartier Panthère originated in the Eighties and is a staple in the Cartier watch collection alongside the Tank, Santos de Cartier and Ballon Bleu De Cartier.

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Chloe Gosselin Debuts London Pop-up

Chloe Gosselin is setting out to further establish her presence in London, with the opening of a pop-up store in Notting Hill.
The former model and footwear designer, who launched her eponymous label four years ago, said she wanted to have a space where she can showcase her collections in their entirety and meet customers.
“We wanted to be able to show all of our styles, not just the bits and pieces that stores pick up, and make the proper introduction of the brand to London. It’s a market that offers great opportunity, so I want to have a presence and get inspired by the fashion here,” said Gosselin, who celebrated her London debut with a dinner at Somerset House’s Spring restaurant.

The brand, which is best recognized for its use of bold colors, ruched fabrics and feminine bows, is stocked at Boutique 1 in the U.K.
The pop-up is located at the Pippa store in West London, a retail space by the former editor and retailer Pippa Vosper, which is dedicated to offering sample sales as well as designer takeovers. When no sample sales are on, Vosper utilizes the space to host young labels looking to showcase their collections — both discounted and full

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Sofia Sanchez de Betak Teams With the Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts for Japanese-Inspired Capsule Collection

ALL WRAPPED UP: The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts has recruited Sofia Sanchez de Betak to launch a capsule collection.
Thirty-plus styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection when it debuts next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and other international outposts. Known as “Chufy,” the Buenos Aires-born, New York-based art director and fashion consultant was literally on-the-go walking in New York during a phone interview Tuesday.
De Betak chatted enthusiastically despite a near run-in with an electric skateboarder, “a taxi driver fighting with a lady” and a messenger in search of directions. Having visited Japan three times in the past year, she quickly became a fan of the kimonos that were waiting in her hotel rooms upon arrival at the The Prince Gallery in Tokyo and the Suiran in Kyoto. Her new line for The Luxury Collection reinterprets classic styles and prints in “a more personal, upbeat and lively way.”
Generally not in the same place for more than two or three weeks at a time, she eased up on the travel a bit after the birth of her baby, Sakura, a name inspired by the Japanese word for cherry blossom. “Hold on. I actually have an

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Laure Hériard Dubreuil Hits Le Bon Marché With Ready-to-Wear Line

A WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: “I grew up in Paris in the sixth arrondissement, so I feel like I grew up at Le Bon Marché like Eloise did at The Plaza,” said Laure Hériard Dubreuil, referring to the children’s book character created by Kay Thompson.
Indeed, the Paris department store is familiar territory for the founder and chief executive officer of concept store The Webster, who teamed with Le Bon Marché in 2015 for the launch of a limited-edition collection of all-white designs.
On Wednesday, Hériard Dubreuil was back in the store for the European launch of her own women’s ready-to-wear collection, called LHD, with an exclusive pop-up set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now.
The line was previously available exclusively at The Webster and online. “I wasn’t expecting to open this quickly outside The Webster, but it was a very exciting opportunity,” said Hériard Dubreuil, sporting a pale blue linen Gabriela Hearst dress with colorful enamel earrings designed by Aurélie Bidermann for her own line.
She plans to open the collection to wholesale buyers later this year. Her Saint-Tropez-themed summer collection will launch as see-now-buy-now in June, while

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Moda Operandi, Etihad Airways Set ‘A Night at the Museum’ in Abu Dhabi

Moda Operandi and Etihad Airways are collaborating on a high-profile event at the Louvre Abu Dhabi on April 24 in support of the industry’s growth in the region.
Etihad has teamed with Emirati label, A Friend of Mine, to create a custom loungewear collection, which will be revealed at a sleepwear-inspired soirée, “A Night at the Museum,” which acknowledges the brands’ joint ventures and continued support of Emirati fashion. The event will also coincide with the launch of Moda Operandi’s Ramadan collection.
The in-flight loungewear collection is designed for the airline’s first-class and Residence — a three-room suite on the plane — passengers on Etihad Airways.
At the event, the Residence Robes and about five to seven pieces of Moda Operandi fine jewelry, hand-selected by Lauren Santo Domingo, cofounder of Moda Operandi, will be on display. Select VIP guests will be styled in the loungewear. The loungewear is unisex and will not be visibly branded, only on interior tags and closures. Among the 300 to 500 guests expected at the event are Santo Domingo and IMG models Halima Aden, Eric Rutherford, Nick Bateman and Jessica Hart. The attire called for on the invitation is “sleepwear-inspired evening chic.”
Patrick Pierce, vice president of marketing partnerships

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The Model Alliance Criticizes Karl Lagerfeld’s ‘Disgraceful Comments’ in Numero Magazine Interview

KARL UNDER FIRE: The Model Alliance founder Sara Ziff blasted Karl Largerfeld for his “disgraceful comments” in a Numero Magazine interview last week, noting how they “underscore just how much work we still have to do.”
In a statement released Wednesday, Ziff said, “While not surprising (Lagerfeld is well-known for offensive comments and body-shaming women for their weight and appearance), Lagerfeld’s assertion that models should ‘join a nunnery’ if they don’t want their pants pulled down is, nonetheless, outrageous.”
Ziff opened her statement with, “Recent months have seen a seismic shift in public discussion of sexual misconduct in the workplace — and the fashion industry is no exception — yet it is clear that we as a society are only just beginning to understand the size and scope of the problem.”
The activist wrote, “Demeaning treatment and pervasive conditions of sexual harassment and abuse have plagued the fashion industry for far too long — and as they are finally coming to light, the people who enable these conditions must be held accountable. Mr. Lagerfeld’s flippant dismissal of reports of abuse, and his characterization of models who have come forward as ‘stupid,’ ‘toxic’ and ‘sordid creatures’ who should quit their profession if they do

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Luxury Resale Firm Rebag to Sell Rare Hermès Himalayan Birkin

Luxury handbag resale firm Rebag is planning to sell a rare collectible for just $70,000 — the Hermès White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin.
The exclusive Birkin is made from the albino Nico crocodile hide, and an extensive dye process with a gradation meant to evoke the smoky gray and pearl white colors of the snow-capped mountain range. The bags sold for about $100,000 back in 2008 — David Beckham bought one for his designer wife Victoria to add to her Birkin collection — while one made from the same hide and dye process, but encrusted with more than 240 diamonds and 18-karat-gold hardware was sold last year by Christie’s auction house for $379,261. The bag still sells for well over $100,000 on the primary and auction markets, and are difficult to acquire since the luxury accessories firm produces so few of them.
The bag’s host site — at the corner of 57th Street and Madison Avenue — is also a celebration of the opening of Rebag’s second Manhattan flagship location. The new site features Rebag’s signature pastel yellow color, as well as a floor to ceiling glass storefront that offers anyone passing by a look into the brand’s “handbag heaven” displays. The site

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Is DVF About to Tap Sandra Campos as CEO?

A NEW CEO FOR DVF?: Is Diane von Furstenberg getting ready to name a new chief executive officer? According to sources, Sandra Campos, former copresident of women’s apparel, contemporary brands, at Global Brands Group, may be close to becoming DVF’s new ceo.
Von Furstenberg was mum about the appointment Tuesday, but it’s no secret that the company has been searching for a new ceo since the departure in November 2016 of Paolo Riva after 18 months in the job. In December, DVF said she was looking to sell a stake in her company.
In January, DVF rehired longtime creative director Nathan Jenden as chief design officer and vice president of creative. Jenden succeeded Jonathan Saunders, who resigned.
Campos has been at GBG since 2015 and oversaw the Juicy Couture, Bebe, Buffalo, Tretorn, BCBG and Hervé Leger businesses. Earlier, she managed Cynosure Brands Holdings LLC, a global brand management and licensing company she cofounded to develop lifestyle brands for celebrities such as Dream Out Loud by Selena Gomez. Previously, she was president of O Oscar, an Oscar de la Renta division of Kellwood Co., and also held senior vice president posts at Polo Ralph Lauren, Nautical International and Polo Jeans.
Meantime, Global Brands Group said

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Laura Kim, Fernando Garcia Riff on Design, Coachella and Art at L.A. Colleagues Lunch

What’s old is new again. Or such is the case for Oscar de la Renta creative directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, who were in Los Angeles Tuesday for the 30th annual Colleagues Spring Luncheon in Beverly Hills, the old guard charity event that the late designer Oscar de la Renta had partnered with for decades. This year marked a first for the event, which each year honors a philanthropist with the Champion of Children award. This year’s honoree was actress Jane Seymour but Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton Rothschild also presented the Oscar de la Renta duo with an award for their contribution to American design.
“I feel like we’re too young to get awards,” Kim said. “We have a lot still to achieve,” added Garcia as the two were getting ready for the festivities at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in their upstairs suite. Kim was still wearing denim trousers and a boyfriend button-down, and her nylon fanny pack was on the couch.
“I’ve never wanted to go to Coachella, but that was before Beyoncé,” she said, referencing the accessory of choice for the festival. “I’ve been once, but that’s when it was a bit more…low-key,” Garcia said. “I was like,

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Birkenstock Box x Rick Owens Debuts at His Los Angeles Store

Following stops in Berlin with Andreas Murkudis, New York with Barneys New York and Milan with 10 Corso Como, Birkenstock’s mobile, spatial retail concept known as Birkenstock Box lands in Los Angeles today in partnership with Rick Owens through April 21.
“I feel like The Box is a natural extension of my store spilling out onto the street,” said Owens. He’s a fan of the iconic footwear, noting, “I wear them every summer on the Lido beach in Venice.”
The Rick Owens Birkenstock Box, situated outside of Owens’ Los Angeles store on La Brea Avenue, will carry a limited collection of Birkenstock pieces created with Owens, comprising thirteen sandals retailing from $325 to $525 and three legwear styles priced at $100. Owens took the classic Birkenstock styles Arizona, Madrid and Boston and added his own touch by extending the straps almost to the floor and simultaneously extending the holes in the straps. He used army felt, suede, full grain leather and longhair cow fur – all with a full leather footbed lining.
But wait, there’s more. “Rick Owens is unmistakable and beyond fashion – the whole Box interior, architecture and objects were defined by Rick Owens. There is much more

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