Today’s Fashion Headlines: Tuesday, September 10, 2013

September 10, 2013 • Fashion, Fashion Blog

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Oscar de la Renta store on Madison Avenue

 Tiffany & Co. Names Design Director

British jewelry designer Francesca Amfitheatrof has been named design director of Tiffany & Co. The job had been vacant since celebrated design director John Loring retired from the post, which he held from 1979 to 2009. Loring became design director emeritus following his departure, and will retain that title. Amfitheatrof, who will oversee a team of 23 people, will report to executive vice president Jon King, who oversees design. The CEO said his company had “seriously” been on the lookout for someone to fill Loring’s shoes for about a year. Although the jeweler never worked with Amfitheatrof before, Kowalski said she had a very impressive résumé, which includes designing collections for Chanel, Fendi and Marni, as well as for private clients.

Oscar de la Renta Expands on Madison Avenue

One of our favorites, Oscar de la Renta has been busy putting the finishing touches on his newly expanded Upper East Side store. Now open with nearly 3,700 square feet, the boutique at 772 Madison Avenue is double the size of its predecessor. Having taken over and remodeled the Paul & Shark store that used to be next door, the new space has specific areas to showcase the designer’s shoe, handbag, jewelry,beauty, home and children’s wear collections.Window shoppers will also have more to consider since the shop now has four Madison Avenue windows compared to one in the past.

Anything Goes at Fashion Fete

There were top knots and heavy eyeliner and elegant capes. And that was just the men.What does one wear to an intimate fashion week party thrown by H&M and Vogue? Pretty much anything.

The party, held Friday at Omar’s in Greenwich Village for a group of around 300 guests, came with its own runway of sorts. Guests filed past the narrow bar before filtering into various rooms. Models came by in small groups, as conscious of eyes on them as gazelles trying to get a drink at the watering hole while lions watch from afar. Celebrities like supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio and actors Alan Cumming and Taryn Manning took up spots on the couches or lingered at the bar. Sounds like an amazing night to me!

Elie Tahari Adds the Finishing Touches

Elie Tahari’s licensing program has begun to percolate. The company’s three brands — Elie Tahari, Tahari and T Tahari — have developed licensing programs to various degrees in categories ranging from women’s footwear, handbags, hosiery, jewelry, sunglasses and outerwear to men’s underwear, shirts and suits.  “The goal is not only to expand what we do on a wholesale basis. But [licensed products] will also enhance the shopping experience online and in our stores,” said Bob Galvin, chief executive officer of Elie Tahari Ltd.

Neiman Marcus…SOLD!

It has happaneed. Neiman Marcus has been sold bu its private-equity owners for $6 billion to a team formed by the buyout firm Ares Management and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. The current owners paid $4.9 billion 8 years ago, so that’s not a bad deal especially considering the recession and banking crisis NM weathered.

CEO Karen Katz, who will remain CEO of the retailer, said in a statement today she was “very impressed by the commitment of Ares and CPPIB to learning our business.”

– Mehar Singh

Photo & Sources: WWD, NY Post & WSJ

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