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.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“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