ARCANDOR NET FALLS: In its short 2007 financial year, spanning the first nine months of 2007, taxes and write-offs for divisions it no longer owns drastically reduced net profits 96 percent for Arcandor AG, while unadjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization improved 15.1 percent. In final figures released Wednesday, net profits for Arcandor, the renamed holding company of the former KarstadtQuelle AG, fell to 16.3 million euros, or $21.9 million at average exchange, from 479 million euros, or $644 million, in the prior year, while EBITDA climbed to 1.2 billion euros, or $1.57 billion, from 1 billion euros, or $1.37 billion. Adjusted group sales for the nine months rose 72 percent to 14.3 billion euros, or $19.2 billion. Arcandor confirmed its earnings and revenues forecast for fiscal 2008-09, calling for sales of 23 billion euros, or $34 billion, EBITDA of 1.3 billion euros, or $1.9 billion, and in a first-ever EBIT forecast, operative earnings of 850 million euros, or $1.3 billion.
SELECTIVE EYEWEAR TAPS PRESIDENT: Selective Eyewear Elements, which operates the SEE eyewear chain, based in Southfield, Mich., has named David Desjardins as president. Desjardins will report to chief executive officer Richard Golden, who also had held the president's title, and will be responsible for overseeing field and internal operations for the company. Most recently, Desjardins was chief stores officer for Delia's Inc. There are 20 SEE stores nationwide and the company plans to open 100 units in the next five years.
GANT SUSPENDED: Gant shares were suspended from trading Wednesday in Stockholm pending a statement from the stock exchange. Swiss retailer Maus Frères last month mounted a hostile takeover bid for the Swedish sportswear company. Both Maus and Gant declined to comment. Maus is now the biggest single shareholder in Gant with over 35 percent.
CURRIE TO TAHARI: Elie Tahari Ltd. tapped Scott Currie as vice president of communications, effective Feb. 18. He will join from Susan Magrino Agency, where he worked for the past seven years, most recently as executive vice president. At Tahari, Currie will be in charge of the communications efforts for the Elie Tahari collection, including women's wear, men's wear and accessories. He also will oversee the personal public relations for Elie and Rory Tahari, who are the company's chairman and vice chairman and creative director, respectively. Currie will report to both Elie and Rory Tahari.
“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