Today’s Fashion Headlines. September 28, 2011

September 28, 2011 • Fashion, Fashion Blog

Otazu Designing Jewels for Mugler

Mugler creative director and Lady Gaga stylist Nicola Formichetti tapped Rodrigo Otazu not only to design the accessories for the brand’s upcoming runway show but to work with him on a short film that will serve as the backdrop throughout. Shot by photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, the short features the pop star in elaborate, oversize tribal jewelry, including large pectoral necklaces and his signature metal detailing.

The designer created about 20 custom-made pieces — rife with gold, silver and “Swarovskis all over the place” — comprised of necklaces, earrings and even some pieces for, yes, Gaga’s teeth, according to Otazu.
He said that Formichetti had two distinct visions for this collection: a futuristic, African-inspired look and Hollywood glamour.

Mike Bloom Leaves CVS

Mike Bloom resigned Tuesday from CVS Caremark Corp., where he had served as executive vice president of merchandising and supply chain. He had been at CVS for more than 19 years and is credited with improving CVS’ profile in key merchandising categories, especially beauty and the front end. He also spearheaded CVS’ entry into boutique-style beauty retailing with Beauty 360.

Bloom has joined as Family Dollar Stores Inc.’s president and chief operating office. Several industry experts think that Bloom could propose the idea that Family Dollar could upgrade its merchandising offering while possibly even adding pharmacies. “Family Dollar has a strategy in place; they needed a man to do it,” said industry observer Allan Mottus. He said retailers such as Fred’s Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., with its Express format, see the productivity pharmacy and other drugstore-related merchandise can add to the bottom line. “Bloom has greater access to established vendors that can expand Family Dollar’s beauty department and perhaps create new retail formats,” Mottus suggested.

The Limited Launching Plus-Size

Next month, The Limited launches eloquii by The Limited, a division catering to full-figured women with designs “in the same spirit” as the main chain. “There will definitely be a common sensibility between the two brands,” Linda Heasley, chief executive officer of The Limited, told WWD exclusively.

Eloquii will target professional women, 25 to 34 years old, just as Limited does, and step out with trend pieces such as one-shoulder and strapless dresses, leather bombers and belted capes, Heasley said. “We’ve created a wardrobe that’s broad — that will get her through the day, into the evening, and for her to have fun on the weekend. We are moving her toward a lifestyle.” The Limited has been selling up to size 14 clothes in its stores, and as large as size 16 and 18 online.

-Taneisha Jordan

Source & Photo: WWD

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One Response to Today’s Fashion Headlines. September 28, 2011

  1. So happy to hear about so many companies opening up to the plus-sized market lately!

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