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.
“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