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Industry News – May 18th, 2016

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Curated fashion industry news links for Wednesday, May 18th, 2016…

HAVAIANAS LAUNCHES NEW LICENSING RETAIL PROGRAM IN U.S. – FootwearNews
“Havaianas continues to remain bullish on U.S. retail even as other big names scale back. The brand is partnering with entrepreneurs to significantly grow its store base through a new licensed program. “We have more than 400 styles that we launch every year, so for customers to have a full experience, they need to go to a Havaianas store and be able to see all the collections and touch the product,” said U.S. president Marcio Moura. “That’s the role that this retail channel is going to have in the future. It helps us drive brand awareness, but it’s primarily about customer experience and product awareness.”

THE 2016 CFDA FASHION AWARDS WILL NOT BE TELEVISED AFTER ALL – Pret-a-Reporter
“The CFDA Fashion Awards, whose nominees this year include Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen as well as Gucci’s Alessandro Michele, will no longer be televised when they take place on June 6. Back in March, the CFDA announced that the 2016 awards would be broadcast on the small screen for the first time ever — a decision backed by the organization’s board of directors, including chairman Diane Von Furstenberg and members Vera Wang, Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger. The deal was inked with The Weinstein Co., which had planned to distribute the rights to a national outlet. However, CFDA president and CEO Steven Kolb on Tuesday stated that this would no longer be the case.

IN CANNES, THE FASHION WORLD TAKES ITS OWN STAR TURN – TheNewYorkTimes
“Indeed, although Cannes has long been the film festival with the most star power and glimmering parties, this year more than any other the power of the red-carpet economy has been on show for all to see in an ever-spinning carousel of premieres, news media junkets and high-wattage events. Charles Finch of Finch & Partners, a consultancy that advises brands on Hollywood partnerships, said that as the movie industry has shrunk, the big sponsorships that were once the province of major studios have been co-opted by major luxury houses instead, with the related transformation of the Croisette into a catwalk.”

RUE LA LA APPOINTS MARK MCWEENY AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER – PRNewswire
“McWeeny, one of the original co-founders of Rue La La, has served in a variety of roles including the organization’s Chief Financial Officer, Chief Marketing Officer and President of New Ventures. Additionally, two current executive team members Mark Weinberg and Lisa Rhodes will move into new, expanded roles. “I’m grateful to Steve for being an incredible partner for sixteen years and for positioning Rue for success as we embark on our future. These moves are a natural next step in the evolution of the brand,” said Michael Rubin, Chairman of Rue La La. “I have worked with Mark since 2009 and I couldn’t be more excited for him to drive the company forward as CEO in our next chapter. Mark’s experience and passion for the business make him the perfect successor.”

URBAN OUTFITTERS REVISITS A CLASSIC DENIM BRAND FOR THIS NOSTALGIC NEW COLLAB – Refinery29
“Urban Outfitters’ unofficial speciality just might be mastering the nostalgia factor. This is usually achieved through collaborations with heritage brands, styled and polished through an always-Instagrammable lens. (Well, that, and the occasional-yet-still-too-frequent, misguided product decisions that also drum up attention for the retailer.) Its latest pair-up — a capsule with Wrangler Australia, inspired by classic American workwear — certainly fits those sentimental parameters.”

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