- VERSACE SALES UP: Revenue at Gianni Versace SpA grew 7.7 percent in 2007 to 310.6 million euros, or $425.8 million at average rates of exchange, the company said Sunday. Cash on Versace's balance sheet totaled 4.4 million euros, or $6 million. The firm's plan to focus on business in Asia this year could make the region Versace's second largest market after Europe, replacing the U.S. Men's wear will also be given more attention. -LEJABY SOLD: The Warnaco Group said it inked a deal to sell its Lejaby business to Palmers Textil AG for $65 million. The transaction is for about $47 million in cash and $18 million in an "interest-free note" due in 2013. Warnaco stated that "terms of the transaction include a customary working capital adjustment and the provision of temporary transition services to Palmers Textil AG." Warnaco is looking to close the deal during the current first quarter.
- HAMPSHIRE GETS CREDIT: Apparel maker Hampshire Group Ltd. said that it received a five-year, $125 million senior secured revolving credit facility from a lending group led by HSBC, despite the difficult credit market. The facility replaces a $100 million credit line that would have expired last Friday. The increase has been issued so the company can execute its long-term growth strategy.
- CAVALLI INVESTS: Roberto Cavalli has bought a stake in fancy yarn spinner Lineapiù. Cavalli's slice of the company is 4 percent, the remaining ownership divided between private investors, a pool of banks and the Coppini family — president Giuliano Coppini founded the company 33 years ago. "The amount Cavalli has invested isn't important, it's the fact this famous designer believes in the company and in knitwear — and this will give us a push forward," said Coppini. The Tuscany, Italy-based designer also said he and Lineapiù's other owners have given the spinner a cash injection of 5.5 million euros, or approximately $8 million. Lineapiù forecast consolidated 2007 sales of approximately 90 million euros, or $123.37 million.
“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