Tuesday was a busy day in court for BCBG Max Azria Global Holdings LLC’s bankruptcy case.The company — which went into its bankruptcy with about $200,000 in cash — now has assurance of post-petition financing with a judge approving an $80 million debtor-in-possession loan, $45 million of which is new money from the company’s lenders. BCBG earlier this month received court approval to tap into as much as $15 million on that $45 million in new financing in an interim order.The deadline for the company’s sale was also approved with the deadline to receive all bids May 19 with an auction, if necessary, to be held by May 24.BCBG is in the midst of shuttering 120 doors, which it received approval to do at the same time the judge overseeing its case allowed the company to begin drawing down on its DIP financing. The stores set to close are a mix of the company’s namesake brand along with outlets and some under the BCBGeneration and Hervé Léger banners. The closures are expected to be completed by the end of April.The company’s Canadian business — totaling 51 stores — will be wound down by May 31.Meanwhile, a lawsuit filed against BCBG by founder Max Azria and his wife and the company’s former creative director Lubov Azria continues. The Azrias filed their complaint last week. At the center of the issue are two contracts signed in 2015 between Lubov and the company. The company believes it should be allowed to toss out the employment agreement with Lubov, while keeping intact the separate contribution agreement related to the designer’s stake in the business and shareholder rights. Counsel for the Azrias argue the two contracts are related.BCBG filed for bankruptcy in early March, challenged by a tough competitive landscape and weighed down by expensive store leases at a time when chief restructuring officer Holly Felder Etlin said in court documents the business should have turned to focus on potential growth in wholesale and intellectual property deals.
"'Dynasty' is all about gowns, the diamonds and the scandal, so it's a bit like the fashion industry. When we come to Cannes it's all about the red carpet dresses too, so it all fit really well," said designer @philippplein78 on the theme of his high-glamour resort 2019 show at his mansion in Cannes. #wwdfashion #cannes (📷: @zefashioninsider)
"I think Spike is such a brilliant director because he holds up a mirror to society and reflects these issues, yet he doesn't shove it down your throat, he doesn't tell you what to think," says @lauraharrier on her latest film @Blackkklansman. Harrier was at the Cannes Film Festival – for the very first time – with @officialspikelee. #wwdeye #cannes (📷: @zefashioninsider)
“I would think to myself, Are you happy? Yes, I’m wildly happy. I go to this studio every day and, in my inside voices, I’m giggling; I’m singing. Yes, it’s a lot of work, it’s a [huge] volume of material. It wouldn’t be for everybody. But I was very happy,” said soap opera star @therealsusanlucci of checking in throughout the years with her career trajectory. Lucci spoke to WWD about her decades-long career, love for pilates, motherhood and her QVC activewear line. Read Bridget Foley’s full piece on Lucci on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: @celestesloman)
@balmain has taken a stand at the #cannes Film Festival, dressing 16 actresses at a press call for the project “Noire N’est Pas Mon Metier,” or “Black Is Not My Profession.” The multimedia project includes a book, photo exhibit and documentary, which aims to expose discrimination in the French and American entertainment industries. “The moment I was asked to participate, I knew it was right for me, and for this brand, to form a part of this moment,” Balmain creative director @olivier_rousteing told WWD. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
"I always feel curious and I feel like there's more to learn. But I think being relevant, feeling relevant, I personally always feel that there's just so much more to know. And maybe that's the key.” — @themarcjacobs #wwdsummits #wwdbeauty (📷: @patrickmacleodphoto )
“The most amazing thing about her is that, regardless of all the things that have happened to her, her spirit is so undaunted by all of it. She is the most cheerful person you will ever meet. She doesn’t see problems, she only sees solutions,” said @ajanaomi_king of activist Ifrah Ahmed, who she plays in a new film “A Girl from Mogadishu.” WWD caught up with King at Cannes — Head to WWD.com to read more about her new role, personal style and how she uses social media for causes like Time’s Up and Black Lives Matter #wwdeye
WWD asked a number designers to share their thoughts on what Meghan Markle’s wedding gown will look like this Saturday. Here, Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli sketches his look. #wwdfashion #royalwedding #meghanmarkle