VF PROMOTION: VF Corp. has named Karl Heinz Salzburger as corporate vice president and promoted him to president of VF International. Salzburger has also been tapped to become a member of VF’s operating committee. He previously served as president of VF Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia, a position he has held since September 2006. His responsibilities will continue to include growing VF’s brands in those regions. Salzburger joined VF in 1997 from Benetton Sportsystem SpA, and until 2001 was president of the company’s international outdoor division, responsible for overseeing brands such as The North Face, Vans, JanSport, Reef and Nautica.
NEW CEO AT TANGER: Steven Tanger, president of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc., has been appointed to the additional post of chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1. He succeeds his father, company founder Stanley Tanger, who continues as chairman. Steven Tanger joined the real estate investment trust in 1986 as executive vice president and was named president and chief operating officer in 1995. Tanger has 33 outlet centers, with more than 2,200 stores operated by over 400 different brands.
INGLANDER RETURNS TO LACOSTE: Lacoste USA has rehired Per Inglander as senior vice president of wholesale. Inglander worked at Lacoste from January 1998 to October 2006, beginning as sales planner and leaving as vice president of wholesale. He left to become president at J. Lindeberg USA, then in 2007 became chief executive officer of Los Angeles-based Rozae Nichols. Based in New York, Inglander reports to president and chief executive officer Robert C. Skinner Jr. Inglander, who began Tuesday, replacing Doug Pecore, who left last week.
GILT GROUPE HIRE: Gilt Groupe Inc., the company selling fashion and luxury brands at a steep discount by invitation, named V. Ann Hailey as chief financial officer, effective Jan. 5. Until 2007, Hailey held the post of executive vice president of corporate development at Limited Brands Inc. She served as Limited’s executive vice president and cfo from 1997-2006. Before that, she held financial roles at PepsiCo Inc., Pillsbury Co. and RJR Nabisco Holdings. “Her broad experience in strategic, financial and merchandise planning will be enormously valuable as we expand the company’s footprint,” said Susan Lyne, chief executive officer at Gilt Groupe, which was founded by Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson in 2007. Hailey was also recently named to the board of directors of Avon Inc., and is a director of W.W. Grainger Inc., Realogy Corp. and the Cleveland Federal Reserve Board.
“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