Advanstar Global has named Eric Lisman chief executive officer of ENK International, the competing trade show operator it acquired in December for $155 million from private equity firm Forstmann Little & Co.
Tom Nastos will continue as president of ENK, reporting to Lisman and overseeing the daily operations of the business. Lisman, a 25-year veteran of the trade show industry, was previously executive vice president of corporate development at Advanstar. Additionally, Scott Chowan, corporate development director at Advanstar, has been appointed chief financial officer of ENK.
Advanstar has refocused the ENK trade-show properties on women’s and its own Project show on men’s and dual-gender brands, in New York and Las Vegas. As part of that shift, Sunni Spencer has assumed the role of vice president of ENK Vegas, reporting to Nastos. She was previously vice president of sales at Project. Michael Sampson, formerly vice president of sales at ENK, has switched over to vice president of sales at Project, reporting to Tommy Fazio, president of Project.
ENK’s WSA and Sole Commerce footwear shows have been moved under the Advanstar umbrella, where WSA continues to be overseen by David Kahan, now reporting to Tom Florio, ceo of Advanstar Fashion Group. Responsibility for Sole Commerce is transitioning to Leslie Gallin, the vice president of footwear at Advanstar who oversees its FN Platform show, said Florio.
“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