The legal battle between Perry Ellis International Inc. and Victory International (USA) LLC over the Perry Ellis fragrance license has ended. According to documents filed July 30 in U.S. District Court for Southern Florida in Miami, Victory International has accepted a $30,000 settlement from Perry Ellis International. In August 2006, Victory International had signed a letter of intent to buy the license for $140 million from Parlux Fragrances Inc. That October, however, Perry Ellis International informed Parlux Fragrances that it did not consent to the deal and acquired the license for $63 million in cash later in the year. In January 2007, Victory International filed a complaint accusing Perry Ellis International of fraud and interference with contract. It sought an award of damages of “not less than an aggregate amount exceeding $250 million.” According to the settlement, Perry Ellis International will award Victory $10,000 while company founder and chief executive officer George Feldenkreis and chief operating officer Oscar Feldenkreis will each give $10,000. Both companies declined to comment on the settlement.
Rolex Watch USA Inc. has obtained a permanent injunction against a New York landlord and his tenants at two buildings on Canal Street in Manhattan. According to court documents filed July 21 in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, defendant Michael Marvisi, who owns 365 Canal Street Corp. and 326 Canal Street Corp., consented to the order. The injunction bans any tenants from making or distributing counterfeit Rolex goods. Rolex filed suit against Marvisi in March 2004. A call to Marvisi’s attorney seeking comment was not returned.
“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