Manhattan bankruptcy court has set Wednesday as the new date for submissions of bids in the HMX Group bankruptcy, with Dec. 17 the day a decision is expected to be made on the winning bidder. The deadline was extended by a week, in part because of court delays as the courthouse, located in lower Manhattan, had been closed for a period due to flooding damage from Hurricane Sandy.
Sources said that a number of bids are expected to be submitted. At least one is believed to be for the entire company. Another is said to be just for some of the brands. Currently, Authentic Brands Group has an offer on the table as the stalking-horse bidder. That offer, which includes separating the intellectual property from the operating division, is subject to better offers.
Anyone wishing to bid for the entire company will have to pay more than the $72.3 million stalking-horse offer. That amount covers the $60 million in prepetition claims held by the secured lender Salus Capital Partners, $5 million for the debtor-in-possession post-petition facility Salus provided, $5.1 million for administrative claims in the bankruptcy and a $2.2 million break-up fee, should HMX be sold to another bidder per the customary bankruptcy court auction.
The men’s apparel firm, formerly Hartmarx Corp., is in the process of completing its second tour of bankruptcy proceedings in four years. Listing liabilities of more than $50 million when it filed in October, the owners of suit brands Hart Schaffner Marx and Hickey Freeman also own the trademarks for Exclusively Misook and Christopher Blue.
“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