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NICK’S NEXT ACT: Nickelson Wooster, who last month resigned as men’s fashion director for Neiman Marcus Group Services, has a new gig: fashion adviser to Gilt Man. The consulting role is effective immediately. In fact, Wooster was reached Wednesday in Milan, where he was attending men’s shows for the online retailer. Wooster, whose responsibilities include providing trend reports and creative direction for the category, reports to John Auerbach, general manager of Gilt Man and president of Park & Bond, a new full-price men’s retail site.
“Already, I’ve been doing things similar to a fashion director role,” Wooster said. “I’ll be working closely with merchants and doing trend forecasting.” He also hopes to do some product development. “I’ve made some great relationships in my 25 years in the business,” he said, but declined to divulge designers. “I’m also working on bringing some new brands to group.”
A well-known figure in the men’s wear industry, Wooster first resurfaced as a curator for Project’s upcoming August exhibition in Las Vegas. He said he’ll also be going to Paris to help Thom Browne sell his fall 2012 collection. “I’m a big fan,” he said. Wooster, who declined to discuss his reasons for leaving Neiman’s, said he hooked up with Auerbach two weeks after his departure from the luxury retailer. “Gilt is the perfect marriage for me,” he said. “Men’s wear is moving in a different direction, and it’s all based on what’s happening on the Web. I’ve never seen so much information and interest [in men’s wear] from such disparate groups of people as I’ve seen on the blogs, Tumblr and Twitter. They’re young, which is heartening.”
— SHARON EDELSON