55 years of 'Star Trek' celebrated in LA
Actors LeVar Burton, George Takei and fellow "Star Trek" alumni unite to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the landmark sci-fi series. LeVar Burton's daughter Mica co-hosted the evening event, leading to a very proud father on the red carpet. (Sept. 9)news.yahoo.com
'Cool but weird.' Macy's store transformed into school
Students commute between classes at Downtown Burlington High School, Monday, March 22, 2021, in Burlington, Vt. Students who once shopped at a downtown mall are now attending high school in the mall's former Macy's department store, taking escalators to and from classes. The existing Burlington High School was closed last August after PCBs were found in the building. The Downtown Burlington High School opened March 4, about six months after school administrators closed the existing school, just under 2 miles away, because toxic industrial chemicals known as PCBs were found in the building and soil during renovations. As school officials looked for space where students could attend school in-person, they eventually eyed the empty department store, which closed in 2018. “It's weird but cool at the same time,” said freshman Moses Doe, 15, who said he and his family shopped plenty at Macy's before it became his school.
British model, fashion muse Stella Tennant dies at 50
FILE In this Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 file photo, model Stella Tennant poses during a photocall before Chanel Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2018 fashion collection presented in Paris. Tennant, the aristocratic British model who was a muse to designers including Karl Lagerfeld and Gianni Versace, has died suddenly at the age of 50, her family said Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)LONDON – Stella Tennant, the aristocratic British model who was a muse to designers such as Karl Lagerfeld and Gianni Versace, died suddenly at the age of 50, her family said Wednesday. The granddaughter of the 11th Duke of Devonshire Andrew Cavendish and his wife Deborah Mitford of a glamorous, unconventional aristocratic family, Tennant was one of the leading British models of the 1990s. Fashion house Versace paid tribute to Tennant on Twitter, saying: “Versace is mourning the death of Stella Tennant.
Black creatives in Italian fashion demand cultural reform
Fashion designer Stella Jean talks during an interview with the Associated Press, in Rome, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)MILAN The only Black designer belonging to Italys influential fashion council is demanding a "long overdue cultural reform from her colleagues under the slogan: Do Black Lives Matter in Italy? A frequent refrain from Black creatives in Italian fashion is that they are often the only person of color in the workplace. Stella chafes at the Africa Hub, which promoted five brands during Milan Fashion Week in February. While she won't show in September, she has asked Capasa to host a Black Lives Matter event to kick off "the immediate launch of a long-overdue fashion cultural reform.''
Retailers look to boost sales, German car sales weak
The company had reopened 367 stores as of May 30, with approximately 30 additional stores reopening the week of May 31. Total comparable store sales declined 27.6%, but online sales soared nearly 300%. Kirkland's currently has 357 of its 404 stores open to customers. One bright spot was online sales, which rose 32.3% in the quarter. In the last month of the quarter, online sales jumped 97%.
Calvin Klein owner: 'Retail companies are not built to have their stores closed'
With stores closed, the retail industry is struggling with inventory piling up in warehouses and no place to sell it, the head of the company that owns such names as Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger told CNBC on Wednesday. "Retail companies are not built to have their stores closed for extended periods of time," PVH CEO Manny Chirico said in an interview with Becky Quick on "Squawk Box." PVH's stores in North America and Europe have been closed since mid-March, along with many other businesses. The company has suspended share repurchases and suspended its cash dividend as of the second quarter. Retailers at this time need to "plan for the worst and hope for the best," Chirico told CNBC.cnbc.com
Calvin Klein-parent PVH CEO on Macy's woes: 'We have a great deal of confidence' in their leadership
PVH is the parent company of recognizable fashion brands like Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger whose products can be found at many major retailers, including Macy's. Macy's and other clothing retailers faced struggles prior to the coronavirus outbreak, but have been hit particularly hard during the pandemic. All Macy's stores are closed in the U.S., and the company has not yet decided when they will reopen. Macy's said Monday that it would be furloughing the majority of its employees starting this week. As retailers and apparel companies push through the economic impacts, Chirico said "this is going to be a painful process."cnbc.com