FUNG CAPITAL BUYS AMIES: Fung Capital, the private investment vehicle of Victor and William Fung, controlling shareholders in Hong Kong-based Li & Fung Group, has acquired the struggling London fashion house Hardy Amies for an undisclosed sum. Fung Capital has bought assets including the Hardy Amies and Norman Hartnell brands, the lease to the company’s Savile Row store and all the group’s licensing agreements. “This is a long-term investment in the Hardy Amies brand, from which we are looking to generate licensing income,” said a spokeswoman for Fung Capital. Last month, Hardy Amies filed for administration, the U.K. equivalent of Chapter 11, following problems with its funding. The spokeswoman for Fung Capital added that Hardy Amies would remain headquartered in Savile Row. The company’s five remaining U.K. stores will close by the end of November and the label’s historic couture business also will close.
GREEN TAKES MOSS BROS. STAKE: His negotiations to buy all or part of Baugur’s debt may be on hold, but that hasn’t stopped Sir Philip Green from making a move on the troubled Icelandic company’s Moss Bros. subsidiary. On Wednesday, Green said his family investment company, Warbeck, had purchased a 28 percent stake in Moss Bros., the British men’s chain, for 6.7 million pounds, or $10.3 million at current exchange. Green is considering making a bid for the remaining shares. A spokeswoman for Green described Moss Bros. as a “one-off opportunity,” and clarified that it was not directly related to the larger negotiations. Last month Green began negotiating to buy Baugur’s debt, which would allow him to take over such British retailers as Oasis, Karen Millen, Principles, Warehouse and Shoe Studio. Those negotiations are on hold as Iceland’s government sorts out the future of the country’s banks, which hold the bulk of Baugur’s debt.
NEXCEN’S NEW FINANCE CHIEF: NexCen Brands Inc. has promoted Mark Stanko to chief financial officer. Stanko will maintain his cfo responsibilities at NexCen subsidiary NexCen Franchise Management Inc., a position he has held since joining the firm in April 2008. As cfo, he succeeds Kenneth Hall, who became chief executive officer after the resignation of Robert D’Loren in August. In other appointments, Martin Amschler was named chief development officer for NexCen Franchise Management and William Dolan was tapped for the new post of assistant controller of NexCen Brands. Also joining NexCen Franchise Management is Pam Price as vice president of domestic development.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)