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ABC news investigates Hilfiger, Gap clothing factories overseas

Tommy Hilfiger and his parent company, Phillips-Van Heusen (PVC), will impose fire safety standards and hire an inspector to enforce them in Bangladesh factories where their clothes are manufactured, the company announced Wednesday. Reportedly, this is the first American clothing company to commit to such a program.

The decision came as ABC News chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross prepared a report showing that Hilfiger and other American clothing companies including Gap and Kohl's have continued using Bangladesh factories where deadly incidents have occurred, including one where 29 workers died in a fire last year. (Gap and Kohl's say they are also working on ways to ensure worker safety.)

Ross plans to break the story Wednesday night on “ABC World News With Diane Sawyer,” according to a news release from the network -- which also provided this video -- with more of the investigation airing  on “Nightline.”


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-- Susan Denley

Fashion News: Tommy Hilfiger to be 'American Idol' image advisor

Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy are continuing their collaborative streak with choreographer Benjamin Millepied, designing costumes for a new ballet. Tommy Hilfiger is now an "image advisor" to "American Idol" contestants
Rodarte/Millepied redux:
Rodarte's Kate and Laura Mulleavy, whose past work with French-born choreographer Benjamin Millepied includes a production for the Dutch National Ballet and costumes for Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan," are collaborating with him again, according to a Thursday morning announcement by the New York City Ballet. The ballet, which is set to a score by Nico Muhly, is scheduled to make its world premiere at the NYC Ballet's 2012 spring gala on May 10.

Hilfiger Idol? Tommy Hilfiger is joining "American Idol." But don't expect the fashion designer to be giving contestants a dressing down as one of the judges; he's dressing them up in his newly created role of "image advisor." According to industry trade paper WWD, Hilfiger will be introduced on air next week. "He will meet with each contestant in his design studio, which will be full of clothes and accessories," with an eye toward helping the hopefuls find their personal styles, WWD said. [WWD] 

Think pink? Not so fast. A divided U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the jury in a 2010 wrongful-death claim involving an Arizona inmate who was allegedly traumatized by being forced to wear pink underwear should have been presented with coroners' testimony. [Los Angeles Times] 

Blues for awareness: In case you missed our mention of it earlier this week, Culver City-based Paige Denim is set to roll out a new denim wash called "RAINN blue," named after -- and with 20% of proceeds going to -- the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network. The new hue is set to hit shelves in April. [All The Rage]


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-- Adam Tschorn

Left photo: Rodarte's designer Kate, left, and Laura Mulleavy. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Right photo: Tommy Hilfiger. Credit: Astrid Stawiarz / Getty Images

Pantone says 'tangerine tango' to be tops for 2012

Pantone Tangrine Tango
Pantone announced today that a shade of orange dubbed "tangerine tango" is set to take top honors as the 2012 color of the year, inheriting the crown from 2011's reigning hue, honeysuckle.

Known as Pantone 17-463 among members of the interior and fashion design community (and simply "Tangie" to family and friends),tangerine tango is described by the color-matching company as "a vivacious, enticing hue," "a provocative go-getter" that's "a bit exotic, but in a very friendly, non-threatening way" and "a spirited reddish orange ... [s]ophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive."

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, refers to the up-and-coming color as "an orange with a lot of depth to it ... [r]eminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset."

Pantone SwatchWith the latest recognition, tangerine tango becomes a slightly more elite spoke in the world's color wheel, joining, in addition to 2011's honeysuckle, such hallowed hues as turquoise (2010), mimosa (2009), blue iris (2008), chili pepper (2007), sand dollar (2006), blue turquoise (2005), tigerlily (2004), aqua sky (2003), true red (2002) fuchsia rose (2001) and cerulean (2000).

But unlike in years past, Thursday's announcement of the radiant, reddish orange's rising-star status came with an unprecedented level of merchandising in place, including messenger bags (by Rickshaw of San Francisco), coffee mugs, journals (by Chronicle Books), coffee mugs and even wedding attire (by Dessy), all imbued with the soon-to-be hot hue.

Perhaps most noteworthy was the announcement of Pantone's collaboration with Sephora on a first-ever, limited-edition Color of the Year beauty collection, which will include eye shadow, lipstick, lip gloss, nail polish and accessories. It is scheduled to hit Sephora stores in March.

Orange you glad?


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-- Adam Tschorn

Photos: Fashion designers whose spring and summer 2012 collections include the reddish-orange shade tangerine tango shade that is the 2012 color of the year include Tommy Hilfiger (left) and Nanette Lepore. Bottom, a swatch of tangerine tango, also known as 17-463. Credits: Associated Press (Hilfiger); Bebeto Matthews / Associated Press (Lepore); Pantone

New York Fashion Week: Tommy Hilfiger


Since designer Peter Som signed on as creative director two years ago, Tommy Hilfiger, founded nearly 30 years ago, has become a brand to watch -- again. The spring collection, titled "Pop Prep," was a colorful take on Hilfiger Americana, including sportswear sophisticated enough to take a woman from the office to a dinner date. And by woman, I don't just mean the teenage models on the runway.


A swing coat and silk T-shirt dress rendered in colorful, oversized glen plaid and dramatic, color-blocked silk caftans and jumpsuits tapped into fashion's retro 1960s-'70s vibe. And a mustard yellow leather shirt dress with shirt-tail hem, red leather T-shirt and skirt were in sync with the minimalist trend.


But mostly, it was about preppy basics with a twist, such as chunky cable knit sweaters, rugby shirt dresses with stripes in crazy colors and widths, slim-fit pants with blue shirting stripe details and to-die-for penny loafers with wood block heels. 


Hilfiger even dipped into camouflage, pixilating it to Warholesque effect, on bathing suits, pants, motorcycle jackets, ponchos and more.


Runway Rundown: Tommy Hilfiger's spring 2012 menswear

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-- Booth Moore

Photos: Looks from the Tommy Hilfiger spring 2012 runway collection shown during New York Fashion Week. Credit: Wire Image; Peter Michael Dills /Getty Images; Joe Kohen / Getty Images

Runway Rundown: Tommy Hilfiger's spring 2012 menswear

Tommy Hilfiger Spring Summer 2012
What: Tommy Hilfiger's Spring 2012 menswear collection at New York Fashion Week.

Where: The High Line's Chelsea Market Passage

Theme: Modern Prep

What that meant: A melding of traditional prep themes (think khaki, seersucker, polo shirts and varsity jackets) with hallmarks of the adventure-seeking set that included nautical stripes, camouflage colorways, canteens slung about the neck and desert boots on the feet. 

PHOTOS: Tommy Hilfiger spring 2012 menswear photo gallery

Perfect for: The boarding school Boy Scout.

 -- Adam Tschorn


Tommy Hilfiger hosts a star-studded housewarming for his Prep World pop-up

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Photos: Looks from the Tommy Hilfiger spring and summer 2012 men's runway presentation on Friday during New York Fashion Week. Credit: Dan Lecca

Tommy Hilfiger hosts a star-studded housewarming for his Prep World pop-up

Prepworld Pop Up collage
Designer Tommy Hilfiger and author Lisa Birnbach hosted a star-studded housewarming party for the Prep World pop-up store at the Grove shopping center Thursday night that drew the likes of Hailee Steinfeld, Malin Ackerman, Bijou Phillips, Danny Masterson, Melissa George and Cobie Smulders. 

George smulders With the exception of a few Goths inexplicably lurking in the corner, the crowd lounging on the  lawn surrounding the temporary beach cottage (plopped smack in the middle of the Grove's open space, just east of the fountain, through Sunday) was dressed in appropriately preppy summer attire -- a sea of seersucker, madras and khaki in a palette of navy blue and white punctuated with pops of bright red and green, and a naval flotilla's worth of anchors (one of the major motifs in the Prep World capsule collection, anchors appear on men's chinos and shorts, dresses, scarves, tank tops and pillows).

PHOTOS: More photos from the event

Steinfeld, accompanied by her parents Peter and Cheri, turned out in head-to-toe Tommy, including a navy windowpane plaid jacket, white-and-yellow striped blouse, white leather pleated skirt and white canvas high-heel loafers. She told me she's getting ready to start production on her next film -- playing Juliet in a Carlo Carlei-directed version of "Romeo and Juliet."

The evening's soundtrack came courtesy of Danny Masterson, who was barely recognizable in the DJ booth due to his full Hilfiger regalia -- a light blue linen pinstripe blazer, white linen button-down, white chinos, black-and-white check pocket square and navy-and-tan saddle shoes.

The New York-based Birnbach, who served as a prep expert ("prepspert"?) and consultant for the Prep World capsule collection, and has been jetting around the globe researching how the prep aesthetic is interpreted in far-flung places like Tokyo, Stockholm and Milan, Italy, was in the (beach) house as well, wearing one of the navy, red and white anchor-print silk halter dresses from the Prep World collection, and accompanied by daughters Maisie and Boco.

When I had a chance to chat with Birnbach earlier in the day, she told me that her research had yielded some interesting insights. "I think if there's another iteration of the Prep World collection, I might have Danny2 some more input." One of the more suprising things she discovered, she said, was how many of the folks she saw on the streets of Tokyo who had dogs dressed to the (ca)nines in all manner of clothes and costumes.

For his part, Hilfiger says another season of the limited-edition Prep World wares seems likely given that the 60-piece capsule collection has been the best-selling merchandise since it hit Tommy Hilfiger flagship boutiques around the world last month. "The collection's sense of humor seems to really resonate internationally," he said.

Asked what the next Prep World collection might include, Hilfiger referenced Birnbach's Tokyo trip. "So w're thinking about doing a few pieces of dog clothing next time."

Tommy Hilfiger polos for the Pekingese and madras for the mastiff? We'll just have to wait and see.

Tommy Hilfiger Prep World Pop-Up at the Grove, open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

-- Adam Tschorn

Top photos, from left, Tommy Hilfiger with Arielle Kebbel; author Lisa Birnbach with daughters Boco, left, and Maisie; actress Hailee Steinfeld.  Middle photo: actresses Melissa George, left, and Cobie Smulders. Bottom photo: Danny Masterson in the DJ booth. Credit: Donato Sardella and John Sciulli / Getty Images. 

PHOTOS: Prep World pop-up photo gallery


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Tommy Hilfiger's Prep World pop-up comes to the Grove Friday through Sunday

Hilfiger Prep World Pop Up
If you appreciate all things preppy, it's time to bust out your best pink and green, slip on your boat shoes, pile into the Jeep Wagoneer and head for the Grove shopping center.

That's because the Tommy Hilfiger Prep World capsule collection will be taking center stage -- showcased in a pop-up beach cottage/boutique -- Friday through Sunday.

It's part of a globe-trotting PR blitz/retail push for the limited-edition, 60-piece collection of ultra-prep Prep3 clothes, shoes and accessories that's on offer in Hilfiger boutiques and website through mid-July.

And they're not kidding about the globe-trotting part -- the carnival of peripatetic prep has set up shop in Paris, New York City, London and Stockholm so far (a time-lapse video of the cottage being built on Gansevoort Plaza is embedded below) and plans to hit Milan, Italy; Madrid; Sylt, Germany; and Knokke, Belgium, before summer's end.

Accompanying Hilfiger on each stop is none other than the reigning pop culture princess of prepdom, author Lisa Birnbach (of "The Official Preppy Handbook" and "True Prep" fame) who has been offering her take on the various and assorted manifestations of the preppie aesthetic found in cities around the world.  

Although I haven't had a chance to check out the collection at close range yet (I'll be doing that this afternoon and expect to report back) from what I've seen online, the key pieces (chinos polos, blazers) Prep2 look like Tommy Hilfiger's prep rootstock circa 1989 with some of the updated nouveau-prep influences that have made recent collections from designers like Michael Bastian (for Gant), Band of Outsiders and Thom Browne so appealing.       

And, if you think you're the best there is at channeling your inner Biff or Buffy, the social media campaign includes a Prep Style Challenge in which participants upload photos of themselves, in their preppie best, to the Web to be adjudged and voted on by others. The winner gets "the ultimate preppy getaway."

And, I'd like to think, a jaunty pink-and-green grosgrain sash with an allover embroidery of mallard ducks to wear to their next cocktail party.

Tommy Hilfiger Prep World Pop-Up House, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

-- Adam Tschorn

Photos: At top, the Tommy Hilfiger Prep World pop-up beach cottage on Gansevoort Plaza in New York City on May 5. On Friday, the traveling boutique opens its doors at the Grove shopping center in Los Angeles for a three-day run. Center and bottom, L.A.-inspired preppy looks from the collection. Credit: Wireimage. Video courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger.


Tommy Hilfiger teams with Universal Music Group for rock apparel

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Tommy Hilfiger teams with Universal Music Group for rock apparel


Tommy Hilfiger -- the man not the brand -- has struck a deal with Universal Music Group to develop rock 'n' roll-inspired apparel, according to an article by Alex Pham in the business section of Thursday's Los Angeles Times.

Since the dawn of the concert T-shirt, apparel has been part of the revenue stream for music labels, and the relationship between music and merchandise has only become more intertwined -- and important -- in the last decade. In 2006, concert and event promoter Live Nation bought a majority stake in Trunk Ltd. -- a maker of high-end reissued concert T-shirts -- and, as Pham pointed out in his article, Universal Music Group itself has snapped up a couple of companies (Britain-based Atmosphere Apparel and Bravado) in the music apparel and merchandise business.

You can read the entire article here (which I highly recommend; there's no need for me to rehash it in its entirety) but it got me thinking about what kind of clothes we might see given that the label's acts include the Black Eyed Peas, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.

But don't expect a Lady Gaga ham halter top with the Hilfiger logo on it anytime soon. That's because although the fashion designer himself may be working with Universal, the Tommy Hilfiger brand is not. That label is owned, as Pham noted, by Phillips-Van Heusen Corp.

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-- Adam Tschorn

Left photo: Tommy Hilfiger. Credit: Christian Charisius / EPA

Right photo: Lady Gaga. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press



Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Why Princess Beatrice wore that hat to the royal wedding.

Before Kate Middleton's walk down the aisle in her gorgeous Sarah Burton gown, the house of Alexander McQueen had made a handful of other wedding dresses. Among the brides dressed in McQueen were Vogue contributing editor Plum Sykes; stylist Katy England; public relations gal Amie Witton; Kate Winslet; Liv Tyler and Sarah Parker Bowles (daughter of Camilla.) And the late McQueen also dressed Burton, then his assistant, for her wedding in 2004. [Vogue]

Aprincess Perhaps the most talked about fashion oddity at the royal wedding was the fascinator worn by Princess Beatrice of York (at right in photo), daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. The hat looked like antlers stuck to her forehead, as one of my friends described it. But don't blame the princess, says hatmaker-to-the-royals Philip Treacy. Neither she nor her sister Princess Eugenie told him what they wanted. "They trusted me to make them. Gorgeous and beautiful can be open to interpretation. ... I thought they looked gorgeous and beautiful," he said. [Hollywood Life]

Some celebs really do have what it takes to succeed in the fragrance world. Halle Berry and Fergie will both be honored at the Fragrance Foundation's annual awards ceremony, scheduled May 25 in New York. Berry is to receive the Fragrance Celebrity of the Year award for her success in building her brand, which launched in 2009. Fergie will receive the New Fragrance Celebrity of the Year Award, in recognition of her debut scent, Outspoken. Meanwhile, John Paul Gaultier is slated to receive the group's 2011 FiFi Hall of Fame Award. [WWD] 

Natural skin care line California Baby -- which makes products for babies and moms --  has opened a shop/showroom in Culver City. It's open by appointment, and you can call (310) 815-8201 to make one. [Mondette]

Speaking of skin care, French sunscreen maker LaRoche-Posay has a free iPhone app called My UV Check, which uses location-based services to help you assess the strength of UVA and UVB rays -- the ones that cause skin to age and burn -- wherever you are. [BellaSugar]

You've heard that the devil wears Prada? Monsignor Domenico Mogavero, the bishop of Mazara del Vallo in Sicily, wore Armani for the inauguration of a new church on the tiny Mediterranean island of Pantelleria. Giorgio Armani has had a vacation home on the island for 40 years. The designer decorated the bishop's pale green robe with embroidered symbols of the island, including starfish and shells. [Telegraph]

Tommy Hilfiger's beach-cottage pop-up shop opened in New York, the first stop on a tour that will take it to Los Angeles, London, Madrid and Milan.  [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Hilfiger, by the way, received Philadelphia University's 2011 Spirit of Design Award over the weekend. The award was presented by reality TV's Carson Kressley. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Lanvin plans to roll out a children's line in June. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Jos. A. Bank -- the menswear chain notable -- in my mind, at least, -- because both Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and my spousal unit wear its suits -- is going global. The Maryland-based company is opening its website to international sales. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Princess Eugenie of York, left, and Princess Beatrice of York at the wedding of their cousin, Prince William, to Kate Middleton. Credit: EPA

A starry crowd for the Rock & Royalty Race to Erase MS gala

Joat Jett at the Rase to Erase MS gala 
Nancy Davis and Tommy Hilfiger, co-presenters of Friday's Rock & Royalty Race to Erase MS gala, know how to attract the stars.  Among those perusing auction items, strutting the catwalk at the Andrew Charles fashion show, or participating in ceremonies were Cindy Crawford, Mark Curry, Shaun Robinson, Deborah Gibson, Nicky and Paris Hilton, Tia Carrere, Garcelle Beauvais,  LaToya Jackson, Virginia Madsen, Janice Dickinson, Jennifer Tilly, Drake Bell, Regina King, Melissa Joan Hart, Sela Ward, David Faustino, Sugar Ray Leonard, Kyle Massey, Greg Rikaart and Clementine Ford of "The Young and the Restless," Robbie Jones, Crystal Reed, Jon Lovitz, Rachel Leigh Cook, Daisy Fuentes and Ed Begley, Jr. "Dancing With the Stars" contenders Hines Ward and Chelsea Kane attended, as did pro dancers Louis Van Amstel, Kym Johnson, Anna Trebunskaya and Cheryl Burke.

Joan Jett (above) and the Blackhearts got the crowd in motion and country star Clay Walker,  an MS survivor, closed the show with a shout-out to Davis, calling her his hero.  The gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel was Walker's first time at the annual benefit for the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis. "It won't be my last," he said.

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-- Ellen Olivier

Photo of Joan Jett: Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images


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