Women’s Wear Daily
04.19.2014
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FN Spy: Ellie Goulding's Tailored Kicks... The Rock Boots Up for Wrestlemania

The singer will look sharp in Nike’s women’s half-marathon in D.C.

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Ellie Goulding

Remixed Kicks
Ellie Goulding is ready to run in style. As she gears up for Nike’s inaugural women’s half-marathon in Washington, D.C., this month, the U.K.-bred singer and brand endorser was provided with a special Ellie Goulding makeup of the Nike Flyknit Lunar+ (along with some of her friends). Celebrating Goulding’s second album, “Halcyon,” the kicks are black and hot pink, and emblazoned with the singer’s personal EG logo. No details are out yet about a launch at retail, but Nike will release a special remixed version of “Halcyon” in the week leading up to the race.

Taking Names
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson may be an international movie star now, but he’s hasn’t forgotten his old stomping grounds. The actor, who returns to the wrestling ring this Sunday to headline Wrestlemania 29 and face off against WWE personality John Cena, told FN Spy that he plans to use his size 15 boots for more than just walking. “I can chase Vin Diesel through Rio, or fight Cobra as G.I. Joe, but nothing beats kicking John Cena’s candy ass,” Johnson joked. And the annual wrestling event, which will take place at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, is expected to have its largest audience ever — with a live crowd of more than 75,000 people.

Kering & Sharing
The fashion and sporting worlds collided Thursday night in Manhattan at a swanky shindig thrown by Kering (formerly PPR) to celebrate the firm’s 50-year history and new name. The event drew names including Puma NA President Jay Piccola, accompanied by his son Nicholas, Saks Fifth Avenue chief merchant Ron Frasch and Foot Locker chief Ken Hicks for an evening of cocktails and contemporary art performances. (The latter contribution, perhaps, was influenced by noted art aficionado and party co-host Laurent Claquin, head of Kering Americas.) Street style photographer Garance Doré was on hand to screen his film on the new Kering. Also on hand were consultant and former Barneys SVP Julie Gilhart and Parson’s School of Fashion dean Simon Collins, who had met up earlier in the day for the Vogue/H&M sustainability panel discussion. But the focus wasn’t just on celebration. Soirée co-host Jean-François Palus, group managing director of Kering, told Spy that a new CEO appointment for Puma is imminent — or at least happening in a few weeks. Palus was mum on who the new head will be, but confirmed that the selection has been made, if not officially finalized. “We think you will consider it is a good choice,” he hinted.

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