Liz Claiborne Inc. is reassigning the duties of Jill Granoff, executive vice president of direct brands, who left the $4.58 billion company last month to become chief executive officer of Kenneth Cole Productions Inc.
Tom Fitzgerald, chief operating officer of direct brands, is being promoted to senior vice president of direct brands services. Retail operations and corporate marketing services for direct brands, which reported to Granoff, will be Fitzgerald's responsibility.
Lucky Brand and Juicy Couture, which also came under Granoff, will now report to Claiborne chief executive officer William L. McComb.
The outlet business had reported to Granoff, but McComb said the company is "taking this opportunity to unwind a centrally managed operation...and make it more brand focused," with outlets reporting to their corresponding individual brand management, rather than to a central executive.
Granoff was paid $1.4 million in 2007, and Claiborne does not plan to replace her position.
"In a year like this, it's very important to be careful with every dollar," McComb said. "Jill could have been here forever and been a good investment worth every penny, but now more and more of the positions we are putting in place are in the individual businesses, not corporate center."
Granoff joined Claiborne as group president of e-commerce in 2006, and was the lone group president promoted last year when McComb eliminated those positions. Group presidents Karen Murray, Susan Davidson and Susan Kellogg left the company in spring 2007, and the final remaining group president, Pamela Thomas-Graham, departed Claiborne at the end of 2007 and is now working in private equity, McComb said.
“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
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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