Michael Gordon, the founder of hair-care brand Bumble and bumble, who was briefly arrested on charges of tax evasion late last week, reappeared on Monday with a determination to carry on.
A clearly exhausted Gordon had one statement to make about his stint in jail. “This too shall pass,” he told WWD Monday. He declined further comment on the matter. However, Gordon managed to summon the confidence to talk about the future, including the development of products inspired by his classic Bumble and bumble Surf Spray, a 2000 hit.
His legal troubles date back to September 2006, when Gordon received $29.6 million for selling his stake in Bumble and bumble to the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. Internal Revenue Service agent Eric Nieves obtained the hairdresser’s U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns to find the sale price not reflected on the return, according to the complaint filed by IRS. Gordon reported that his adjusted gross income was $1,350,883, his taxable income was $1,124,844 and the state owed him a refund in the amount of $39,298.
According to the affidavit, Nieves obtained information from a confidential source that had personally known Gordon for the past seven years. According to the affidavit, which drew upon information from the informant, Gordon allegedly sought ways to hide the money from the IRS, including sending it overseas to avoid paying taxes on that income.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast