Denise Seegal, president of VF Corp.'s sportswear coalition, is leaving the company less than a month after VF said Nautica women's sportswear will be closed.
VF said it would name Seegal's successor in the near future. Sources speculated that the Greensboro, N.C.-based firm could promote Karen Murray, who was hired in September as president of Nautica men's sportswear and Nautica Jeans Co. Murray and Seegal worked together at Liz Claiborne Inc., where Murray most recently was group president of men's wear, midtier, international alliances and licensing.
Seegal, who joined VF as the head of the Nautica brand in 2004, could not be reached for comment.
For the last year, the Nautica brand has been the one consistent drag on VF's earnings, accounting for an earnings per share loss of about 5 cents annually, according to the company. The underperforming women's line, which VF acquired in 2003, was relaunched for fall 2006.
"We remain confident that the Nautica brand has tremendous potential, and we are committed to continuing to build the business and position it for even greater success," said Eric C. Wiseman, VF president and chief executive officer. "We are fortunate to have in place a very strong and talented foundation of leaders and associates within the Nautica business."
Before VF, Seegal was president and ceo of the JLO by Jennifer Lopez licensee, Sweetface Fashion Co., for two years. She had come off of a two-year consulting stint after resigning in 2000 as president of Liz Claiborne after four years.
Seegal also headed Calvin Klein's CK operation in 1995. Calvin Klein hired her from Donna Karan, where she was the founding president of DKNY. From 1983 to 1988, Seegal was executive vice president of women's wear at Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. She started her career at Bloomingdale's, where she rose to group merchandise manager in charge of designer sportswear.
“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