Charron stepped down as chairman and ceo of Claiborne in November 2006 and officially left the company at the end of that year. Since then, he's been under contract to Claiborne as a consultant, but sources say Charron has had virtually no involvement in the firm. The consulting contract expires at yearend. "I looked at a lot of opportunities," Charron told WWD Monday. "I like the consumer space. I have a lot of experience running companies and evaluating acquisitions. I have zero interest in running a company on a full-time basis."
WESTWOOD'S LONDON FLING: Vivienne Westwood will paint London red in February. On Monday, the designer said she plans to show her Red Label diffusion line during London Fashion Week. Her announcement confirms a WWD report on Nov. 14. "The sales of all of our lines are increasing and we decided that the Red Label, which is successful worldwide and so popular in the U.K., should have its own show," Westwood said. This will be the first time Westwood has shown in London since the early Eighties. The launch will coincide with the release of "Vivienne Westwood Opus," a coffee-table book of portraits she's taken of celebs including Helena Bonham Carter, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss.
CRUZ-ING ALONG: Mango sticks to a good thing: For the second consecutive season, the fast-fashion chain's ad face is Penélope Cruz. The campaign features Mango's signature collection for spring — not to be confused with the Penélope & Mónica Cruz for MNG line that rolled out in September. (The second design effort with sister Mónica Cruz will hit select Mango stores mid-February.) As for the Mango ads, they were shot in London's Spring Studios by fashion duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and break globally in February. Regarding Cruz's other career as an actress, her agent in Madrid said she will start shooting Pedro Almodóvar's "Abrazos Rotos" (very roughly translated, "Embraces Torn Asunder") in May and will appear in the Rob Marshall-directed film "Nine," based on Federico Fellini's autobiographical "8 ½," next fall.