Today’s Fashion Headlines. November 7, 2011

November 7, 2011 • Fashion, Fashion Blog

Andrew Buckler joins Converse, Conde Nast sets its eyes on Hollywood and Tyra Banks on her newest judge Kelly Cutrone

Converse Snags Andrew Buckler

Converse Inc. has named Andrew Buckler vice president of global creative design, a new position within the company.In the role, Buckler will oversee the design vision for apparel, footwear, brand identity and store concepts for the North Andover, Mass.-based brand, a division of Nike Inc. He reports to Jim Calhoun, president and chief executive officer of Converse.

Buckler is exiting day-to-day involvement in his own men’s wear label, Buckler, and will relocate from New York to Boston to work on Converse full time. “Running Buckler for the past 10 years has been exciting but doing so on a dime can be tough,” said Buckler of his decision to depart the world of indie fashion for a corporate position. “Converse developed this position for me and it was an offer I couldn’t turn down. The last three years following the financial crisis have had their challenges for small businesses.”

Conde Nast Entertainment Goes Hollywood

Dawn Ostroff’s Condé Nast entertainment division is expanding to Hollywood. Ostroff, who said on her very first day last month as Condé Nast’s entertainment president that there are “a lot of movie and TV stars” at 4 Times Square, is opening a production office in Los Angeles. A Condé Nast insider told WWD that Ostroff is planning to hire a small handful of development people (also known as D-girls) to plumb Condé’s titles for script ideas and to hit the town and pitch them.

A Condé Nast spokeswoman confirmed the entertainment division will open a Los Angeles office, but said that no one has been hired yet. Ostroff, who is based in New York, told WWD in October that she plans to initially hire about six to 10 people and expand from there. Ostroff is trying to brainstorm a range of entertainment deals for the company — TV shows, reality shows, movies, documentaries, Web shorts, a digital channel — and she has been tasked to make sure each project improves the publisher’s bottom line.

ANTM is Ready for Cutrone

Tyra Banks seems to have no qualms of replacing Andre Leon Talley with the head honcho of People’s Revolution Kelly Cutrone on the upcoming season of America’s Next Top Model. “She’s super-duper tough with the girls and then she turns to me and then she’s just a girlfriend,” said Banks. As for Mr. Talley? “I still love Andre. He’s so fantastic. Hopefully I can do some more stuff with him since I have a production company. There are certain projects that I think he would be amazing in.” Sounds like Banks is being as diplomatic as possible. Save the drama for the show!

– Taneisha Jordan

Source: WWD; NY Post
Photo: WWD

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