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James Whiteside Takes the Heat at Thom Browne

FLASH DANCE: James Whiteside certainly loves a challenge: The principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater arrived in Paris at 6 a.m. on Saturday ahead of his smashing performance on Thom Browne’s men’s runway. As soon as the show ended he was headed back to New York for rehearsals for his day job: On Tuesday, he’ll be performing as Siegfried in Swan Lake. He called the Browne gig “an incredible opportunity” beyond what he’d ever dreamt of doing.

James Whiteside on the catwalk at Thom Browne
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On top of the jet lag, he had to deal with the oppressive heat at the show, which took place under a big glass ceiling inside the Beaux-Arts. The temperature did not weigh on him though. “As a dancer I like to be hot — it’s good for the muscles,” he said.

James Whiteside on the catwalk at Thom Browne
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Whiteside, whose costume was a trompe l’oeil pinstripe suit on top, and a tutu on the bottom, said he’d welcome more opportunities like the Browne one. He said that as a gay man, he wants to go beyond playing “straight male characters” on stage and explore other roles. “I want to get

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Ralph Lauren’s Pay: $22.2 Million

The pay is good at the top of Ralph Lauren Corp.
Ralph Lauren, who is executive chairman and chief creative officer, saw total compensation of $22.2 million last fiscal year, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission late Friday. That marked a modest decline from $22.6 million a year earlier.
Lauren’s take included a salary of $1.8 million and incentive pay of $9.2 million. But the biggest portion of his compensation came in the form of stock awards pegged at $11 million, although he might not receive the full value given share-price fluctuations.
The company’s president and chief executive officer, Patrice Louvet, received compensation of $13.9 million, including a salary of $1.3 million, $5.2 million in incentive pay and $7.3 million in stock awards.
That actually marked a steep decline for the ceo, who logged pay of $23.8 million the year before, his first with the company.

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Jordan Brand Taps Jayson Tatum as Ambassador

SLAM DUNK: Leveraging the buzz from Paris Fashion Week Men’s, Jordan Brand on Friday announced the addition of Jayson Tatum and Rui Hachimura to its roster of basketball ambassadors.
With rows of white balls on sticks greeting visitors, the event took place in a hôtel particulier in the city’s 5th arrondissement dubbed the House of Jumpman, featuring a makeshift faux basketball court in the courtyard.
“I’ve been wearing Jordans since before I could walk…just getting [Michael Jordan’s] approval to come to the brand was really big for me because he’s the greatest of all time,” Tatum told WWD.
The St. Louis native, who was selected third overall in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, joins a family of more than 50 athlete ambassadors linked to the Nike Inc.-owned brand across multiple sporting disciplines, including Maya Moore, Kemba Walker and Blake Griffin, who were also present at the event.
The slickly groomed and heavily inked Tatum, who sported a pair of neon yellow “Flyknit 4s” by the brand, hinted at his own design aspirations. “Coming over to Jordan, there’s a lot of creativity. I definitely want to tap into that and tell my own stories,” he said.

Jayson Tatum
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Tommy Hilfiger to Pop Into Rockaway Beach on Saturday

Tommy Hilfiger is popping into Rockaway Beach this weekend.
In a move to focus on a personalized, hyperlocalized approach to shopping for the next-gen consumer, Hilfiger will have a pop-up at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club in Rockaway Beach, N.Y., on Saturday, June 22.
This is part of Hilfiger’s larger retail strategy to plan short-term and long-term pop-up stores that meet the next-gen customers where they are.
The one-day pop-up will operate from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The activation will consist of a temporary beachside stand selling Tommy Hilfiger and Tommy Jeans product that lends itself to tie-dye customization. All items, except pool slides, will be dyeable and available pre-dyed with the option to dye on-site.
The offerings consist of women’s bodysuits retailing for $60 and bikini underwear for $20; men’s cotton low-rise trunks for $28, Ts for $30 and $40, unisex socks for $12, and slides for $35.
On-site photographers will take pictures of consumers at the event with Polaroid cameras and instantly deliver the photos to guests in TH branded packaging. Tie-dye designer Abbie De Castro from Smalls Studio will be on-site to create one-of-a-kind product from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Adidas Responds to Article Highlighting a Lack of Diversity in the North American Corporate Office

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: In the wake of a New York Times article that highlighted the lack of diversity at Adidas’ North American headquarters in Portland, Ore., the athletic company acknowledged “there is much more work to be done, and we are committed to doing it.”
The extensive article noted there are three black people among the roughly 340 Adidas vice presidents internationally. There are 75 black employees at Adidas’ 1,700-person head office in North America. Twenty current and former black employees said the corporate culture contradicts the brand’s image which is reliant on such high-profile personalities as Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and James Harden.
In a statement, Adidas said, “We are committed to fostering a respectful, equitable, and inclusive environment for all Adidas employees around the world. It’s crucial that we have and support a diverse workforce that represents a variety of ideas, strengths, interests and backgrounds and that we promote an open culture where all of our people can fully contribute. We value all of our employees, are stronger because of their unique perspectives and are dedicated to achieving greater diversity at every level of the company.”
“We actively evaluate and seek to strengthen our programs and policies to ensure we are recruiting, retaining and

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Coach Goes Underground With Graffiti Artist Partnerships

UNDERGROUND VIEW: Coach has tapped a series of British graffiti and rave culture artists to re-create its monogram and create new visuals, from a more creative, underground lens.
The project will kick off this weekend, with the release of fly posters, by the East London-born graffiti artist Pez.
The brand said that it was drawn to Pez’s “utopian dreamscapes” and the way his artworks for legendary U.K. raves have become icons for the rave movement and were often found in fans’ bedroom walls.
For the project, Pez incorporated the Coach monogram into one of his signature, dreamlike landscapes which features a surrealist glass floor with the brand’s monogram on it and a summer sunset sky with a pair of eyes flying around, enveloped by the Coach double “C” logo.
The posters will be scattered around various locations in London this weekend.
This is not the first time the brand has stood behind British talent, having also collaborated on a range of bags with the up-and-coming designer Matty Bovan last year.

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Dennis Basso Opens First Store in Qatar

An outdoor plaza shopping center anchored by Galeries Lafayette is the home to Dennis Basso’s first store in Doha.
Basso’s 1,800-square-foot unit is near the Cartier, Graff and Van Cleef & Arpels boutiques. Back in New York, the designer said Friday that he hopes this first store will lead to others in the Midde East. The opening was made possible through the Ali Bin Ali Holding company. Designed by Ali Bin Ali’s in-house team, Basso said the decor consists of a range of cream-colored interiors with pale gray marble and vaulted high ceilings. It is also a corner store, which allows for greater visibility, enhanced by the valet car service offered near the store’s entrance.
One of the greatest features from the designer’s point of view is the outdoor air conditioning provided by cool air that is blasted upward through grates. While Qatari woman generally wear abayas and head scarves on the street, their attire tends to be more colorful or embellished when at home, at special events or traveling. “When they’re going to a gala, they really want to be gala,” Basso said, adding that his collection was well-received at the launch, which included a dinner and an in-store event.
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Tiffany & Co. Brings Pop-up Café Concept to Beverly Hills

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S: Tiffany & Co.’s Blue Box Café concept makes its way for a brief stint in Beverly Hills this weekend.
The company said the temporary café marks its first pop-up café in North America and marked the occasion Friday morning with a breakfast hosted by Zoe Saldana.
The café pop-up, dubbed The Tiffany Café at Beverly Hills, will serve breakfast Saturday and Sunday and is modeled off the New York store’s The Blue Box Café, which bowed in 2017.
“Our flagship in Beverly Hills provided the perfect opportunity to introduce the brand’s first pop-up dining experience, and its unique execution speaks to the wit and creativity of Tiffany for our clients in this important market,” Tiffany & Co. chief artistic officer Reed Krakoff told WWD in a prepared statement.

Zoe Saldana hosted a breakfast marking the opening of The Tiffany Café at Beverly Hills.
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The Tiffany Café was built out on the Rodeo Drive store’s patio. The company also set up a complimentary coffee cart within the Via Rodeo luxury shopping district running along Rodeo Drive.
Krakoff had earlier said in an announcement on the coming café that it serves as “a new take on what it means to be a luxury brand

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Dolly Parton Signs Global Licensing Deal With IMG to Develop Fashion, Accessories and Home

HELLO DOLLY: Considering the vastness of Dolly Parton’s business ventures, the fact that IMG is now her first exclusive global licensing representative is an eye-opener.
The eight-time Grammy winner, who has been a client in North America of IMG’s partner company WME since last year, plans to delve into fashion, jewelry, accessories and home goods through the new deal. The multiyear pact is set up to help the country music star develop a lifestyle brand. But the truth is, she already is that and more. Gucci’s Alessandro Michele designed a sleeveless jean jacket emblazoned with her name and image on the back for the luxury label’s spring 2019 collection.
Aside from knowing how to make a statement on stage — wigs, sequins, bright colors and body-accentuating silhouettes — Parton also grasps what it takes to execute those ensembles. She and her creative director and wardrobe designer Steve Summers have reportedly been known to create about 300 outfits each year — down to every shoe and accessories.
Beyond her 1.8 million Instagram followers, Parton presents to IMG a built-in fan base. Five years ago, she passed the 100-million mark for records sold, and Parton continues to churn out country music, books and all kinds

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Paolo Roversi to Photograph Pirelli’s 2020 Calendar

PAOLO ROVERSI TAKES ON THE CAL: The Pirelli Calendar has been moving away from sexiness to storytelling for the past few years and the 2020 edition may likely follow this course under Paolo Roversi’s watch.
The Italian photographer’s intense sepia-toned images have forged a unique style, combining realism and illusion, which have marked countless ad campaigns for brands ranging from Giorgio Armani to Vera Wang and portraits of a wide range of international women, from Rihanna, Björk, Annie Lennox and Tilda Swinton to Natalia Vodianova and Kate Moss, to name a few.
Italian media have reported that Roversi has been seen checking out sites in Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet, speculating that the tragic love story could be the theme of the calendar, which is known as The Cal.
At the end of 2017, Roversi inaugurated the “Storie” [“Stories” in English] exhibit in Milan, organized in conjunction with the opening of the second edition of the Photo Vogue Festival 2017. The exhibit retraced the professional path of Roversi, his use of 8×10 Polaroid film and outstanding attention to light effects.
Roversi follows Albert Watson, who photographed the 2019 calendar, lensing the likes of Gigi Hadid together with Alexander Wang, Misty Copeland, Laetitia Casta and

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Yuima Nakazato to Open a Store This Year

Yuima Nakazato, the Japanese designer revisiting couture by co-developing designs and tapping into old resources may be taking that customization experience, together with Lectra’s “Fashion on Demand” software, into a physical store “very soon,” he said.
Partnering with Lectra, the technology company aiming to upend traditional supply chains for industries such as fashion, furniture and automotive through its software solutions which cut customization time from 2.45 hours to 12 minutes, Nakazato’s dream to “bring that experience into the store” is coming this year, according to Lectra sources.
Click here to see Yuima Nakazato’s couture Spring 2019 collection.
The impending announcement was teased during a presentation at Lectra’s Global VIP Fashion Event in Bordeaux, France, last week, on the “Fashion on Demand” software. The session was hosted by Lectra’s Christine Dandieu, sales director for fashion at Lectra, and Frederic Gaillard, vice president for product marketing, cutting room.
Dandieu hinted at Nakazato’s dream becoming reality soon, saying to expect to see the ability to make customized clothes in the store “very soon.” When approached after the session, Gaillard confirmed Lectra has been in conversation with Nakazato to help realize the in-store customization concept within the year.
Nakazato’s latest collection featured upcycled fabrics quilted into a patchwork of

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Promise Project to Host Beautiful Promise Spring Fundraiser

Promise Project will host its 12th annual Beautiful Promise cocktail party, co-chaired by Cindy Weber Cleary, Lori Buchbinder and Terry Darland. The event takes place April 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York.
Once again, ABC’s Bill Ritter will serve as emcee.
Guests will have an opportunity to bid on silent auction items that include accessories and handbags from Tom Ford, Chanel, Edie Parker, Lafont and Louis Vuitton, as well as experiences such as VIP tickets to the “Daily Show” and “Late Night with Stephen Colbert.”
Other auction items are a table for eight at Rao’s, a private tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, tickets to “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and VIP tickets to musical revue “Beach Blanket Babylon” and a stay at the Hotel Zeppelin. These will be available for bidding on Charitybuzz when the auction goes live on April 23.
The event is being catered by Thomas Preti Events to Savor.
All proceeds from the event will benefit Promise Project, which in collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital is New York City’s most effective and comprehensive program committed to helping impoverished children living with learning disabilities get the support they need

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Candice Swanepoel Signs With Creative Artists Agency

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: Candice Swanepoel has new representation.
The Victoria’s Secret model and founder of swimwear brand Tropic of C has signed on with Creative Artists Agency for representation in all areas.
Swanepoel will continue to be managed by Marlon Stoltzman. She’s been on Forbes’ “Highest-Paid Models” list every year since 2010, and although she’s best known for her work as an Angel, Swanepoel has appeared in campaigns and on runways for Chanel, Fendi, Tom Ford, Givenchy and many more.
Last year was a big one for the South African model. She became a mother of two, after giving birth to her second child in June; launched Tropic of C, and put her Village Green penthouse condominium up for sale in April — with a price tag of $1.89 million.
When speaking to WWD about her swimwear company in 2018, she explained that the throwback feel of Tropic of C makes her suits stand out.
“We bring a modern approach to vintage classics and a mix of European elegance with Brazilian ease,” Swanepoel said. “We focus on distinct fits — it features a high-cut leg, some corset-type tops and references to the Eighties and Nineties.”
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Nordstrom Executive Pay Revealed

Rounding off a week of retail boss compensation reveals was department store chain Nordstrom Inc.
Co-presidents Erik, Pete and the late Blake Nordstrom each made around $4.4 million last year, down from $5.6 million in 2017, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Some of this was made up of stock options, the full value of which might never be realized due to fluctuations in stock prices and vesting schedules.
The brothers, who are great-grandsons of the company’s founder, John W. Nordstrom, ran the company together as co-presidents from 2015 until Blake’s unexpected death in January following a short battle with lymphoma. Pete and Erik will continue as co-presidents of the business.
Under SEC rules, the company also identified the median pay for all employees, other than Erik, who ranks as principal executive officer. The worker in the middle of the bell curve at Nordstrom was paid $34,454 — putting the top executive’s pay at 129 times the median. This included part-time and seasonal workers.

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Nike, Artist Steven Harrington Team Up for Earth Day Capsule

Nike is getting artistic for Earth Day thanks to a collaboration with artist Steven Harrington.
The sports giant teamed with the Los Angeles-based painter to create a capsule collection intended to inspire love for the planet. Harrington is best known for his colorful California-inspired psychedelic pop works that often include dog and palm tree characters, an aesthetic he transferred to three Nike footwear models.
The Nike Flyleather by Steven Harrington collection includes an Air Force 1, a Blazer and a Cortez, each of which were created using Nike Flyleather, a proprietary sustainable material that uses at least 50 percent recycled leather.
Harrington said Nike reached out to him about a year ago to see if he’d be interested in working on the project, “and when it hit my desk, I was so excited,” he said. “I’m such a fan of the brand and the topic itself.”
Although he has worked with Nike in the past, the “different scope” of this project, and its overriding message about sustainability really hit home.
Harrington admitted that translating his art to footwear required a different mind-set. “In the initial concepting and talking with the designers within Nike,” he said, “I took the notion of footwear completely out of my

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Onia Teams With Christy Turlington Burns’ Nonprofit, Every Mother Counts

In recognition of Mother’s Day, Onia is releasing a Mommy & Me capsule collection of swimwear with Christy Turlington Burns’ nonprofit organization, Every Mother Count to help every mother make childbirth and pregnancy safe. The capsule will be released April 16.
The Onia x EMC collection includes three of Onia’s essential “Kelly” one-pieces matched with their “Ava” girls style. The suits feature the EMC Mother’s Day rose symbol and signature color palette.
The Kelly will retail for $195 and the Ava for $75 on onia.com.

Mommy & Me styles from Onia x EMC capsule.
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Onia will be donating 50 percent of proceeds to the foundation. Every Mother Counts educates the public about maternal health, engages individuals to advocate for the well-being of mothers, and invests in community-led programs to improve access to essential maternity care.

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Fila North America Names Jennifer Estabrook as First Female President

Two months after the death of Jon Epstein, Fila North America has named Jennifer Estabrook as his successor as president.
In this role, she becomes the company’s first female president. Estabrook had been serving as acting president following Epstein’s death after heart surgery.
All divisions and departments of Fila North America will continue to report to Estabrook. Fila North America and Fila Luxembourg S.à.r.l. are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Fila Korea Ltd., a public company listed on the Korea Exchange.
Estabrook joined Fila North America and its affiliates in 2005, holding posts such as chief operating officer of Fila North America, and as a member of the board of managers and head of global licensing for Fila Luxembourg S.à.r.l. Prior to that, she was executive vice president of business operations for Fila North America. She serves on the board of Acushnet Company, the publicly traded maker of Titleist, FootJoy and other leading golf brands majority-owned by Fila Korea.
The company has been enhancing its ties to the fashion world with various collaborations. Fila recently linked with the Japanese women’s wear label Snidel to sell a 14-piece limited-edition collection. Last fall, Fila hosted its first runway show in Milan, where the brand also inaugurated a retrospective

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The Ripple Effect of Kim Kardashian’s Yeezy Neon Pink Dress

In its most recent analysis report, researchers at Edited looked at the impact of influencers on Instagram and identified fashion trends that “trickle down and bubble up” on the social platform. The report also revealed the long-term impact of a single post from a top influencer.
In the report, titled, “The Instagram Effect: How Influencers Drive Successful Fashion Trends,” researchers at the firm noted that Instagram influencer marketing is a $1.7 billion industry, “with the tech giant ranking as the most important social media channel.”
Authors of the report said the social media platform is “showing no signs of slowing down, with over 1 billion users as of March and over 500 million daily users on Instagram Stories. And the app is forever expanding. It recently introduced a ‘checkout feature,’ allowing users to buy items directly from the app, shaping the way we shop.”
Regarding the lasting impact of Instagram posts, Edited researchers cited Kim Kardashian‘s Yeezy neon pink dress, which was worn to Kylie Jenner’s 21st birthday in August of last year. The post “created a ripple effect seen across the runway to fast-fashion brands like Fashion Nova. Since then, new neon products have grown 743 percent compared to the year before.”

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Bergdorf Goodman to Unfurl ‘Designers Off Duty,’ Showcasing Hidden Talents

Next week, Bergdorf Goodman will launch “Designers Off Duty,” a monthly series that will showcase the hidden talents and hobbies of such designers as Phillip Lim, Jason Wu, Sander Lak of Sies Marjan, Adam Lippes, Wes Gordon of Carolina Herrera, and Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia of Oscar de la Renta.
Lim will kick off the series Monday night with a cooking class for VIP customers and friends, featuring recipes from his recently launched cookbook, “More Than Our Bellies.” Guests will be invited to an intimate dinner at the Bergdorf Goodman restaurant where recipes from Lim’s cookbook will be served. There is no charge to participate and it’s open to a mix of VIP customers, friends of the brand and media.
“We have had a long partnership with BG, they have been supporting the brand for over a decade, and I am excited for the opportunity to share a more personal side of myself with my cookbook,” said Lim. “‘More Than Our Bellies,’ is a vehicle — much like my clothes — to continue to express love.” Lim said he’s eager to outfit his customers with clothes for the day and nurture them with food for the evening “as it is all

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Summer Beckons With Helen Owen x Aqua at Bloomingdale’s

Looking for the next influencer to collaborate on its Aqua collection, Bloomingdale’s tapped Helen Owen, whose Instagram account has 1.5 million followers, for her love of travel and comfort.
Owen’s blog showcases her enviable life with posts about trips to Malta; Tulum in Mexico; Bora Bora, and the Maldives, where her wardrobe invariably consists of midriff-baring tops and low-slung pants, off-the-shoulder cropped tops, shorts and bathing suits — lots of bathing suits.
“I’m a traveling creative still seeking an appropriate job title,” Owen said, adding that she’s most commonly referred to as an influencer, but sees herself as somewhere between an influencer, model, blogger and designer.
Designer is a word that’s been resonating with Owen. Her Helen Owen x Aqua collection will be available at Bloomingdale’s stores nationwide on Friday. The collection includes everything for a beach getaway to an appearance at Coachella, where Owen will be on Friday, “promoting the collection hard core.”
“I can’t just wear shorts and a T-shirt,” Owen said. “I like feeling a little more polished. I went to Bloomingdale’s with a mood board of what I wanted and their mood board was very similar.”
A white eyelet cropped top, lemon-print minidress, striped bustier and matching pants, and red skirt

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