Today’s Fashion Headlines. December 7, 2011

December 7, 2011 • Fashion, Fashion Blog

Ungaro needs a new CEO already, Hilfiger's wife to start new accessories line and mobile phones and tablets help in the Black Friday spending

Ungaro CEO Out After Six Months

Jeffry Aronsson, the U.S. turnaround expert who took the reins as chief executive officer of Emanuel Ungaro SAS in June, is said to have left the designer firm. The company said, “Mr. Aronsson is still the acting ceo of Ungaro.” But he has been in New York for several weeks and it is understood that he has returned for good to continue his work at Aronsson Group, his investment and consulting firm.

He had previously been shuttling back and forth between the firm’s Paris headquarters during the week and New York on the weekends, as he worked to set a new direction for the designer company. Aronsson declined to comment Tuesday.

Hilfiger’s Wife’s New Venture on HSN

Tommy Hilfiger’s wife, Dee Ocleppo, is set on making a name for herself in the accessories market. Ocleppo has partnered with HSN for her first handbag venture, Deesigns by Dee Ocleppo — a line of customizable, interchangeable frame bags she said began as an idea for one of her husband’s collections.

Set to launch on HSN and at the end of March, the collection is comprised of four silhouettes — a frame clutch, a satchel with ring handle, a tote and a shoulder bag with a tortoise chain handle strap. Prices range from just under $100 up to $250 and include 13 “coverlet” choices. There will be eight additional coverlets available only at

Mobiles and Tablets Lead in Holiday Spending

In addition to a rise in the number of consumers and the average amount spent per buyer — beginning as early as Thanksgiving — overall increases in online spending were fueled by other factors such as a surge in mobile and tablet commerce transactions, luxury brands that typically don’t discount, tiered sale offerings that offer deeper discounts the more you spend and an upsurge in the use of social media platforms.

The trend is continuing this holiday. “It should be called Mobile Monday,” eBay’s vice president of Mobile Steve Yankovich told WWD about the growth of m-commerce. “I call it ‘situational shopping’ because it’s about the situation that you’re in where you get inspired to buy a product. If you’re at lunch with a friend and they recommend a product [is one situation] and the other has to do with where you are — where you really have no alternative to act as a consumer. That is the time when you’re stuck on the train, or waiting for a plane to board, or in traffic. Now, you can actually be a consumer and buy in those situations, whereas before, you didn’t have a laptop with you.”

– Taneisha Jordan

Source & Photo: WWD

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