Karen Castellano, former chief executive officer of Tracy Reese’s T.R. Designs firm, has joined NYDJ Apparel LLC as executive vice president of sales and planning.The appointment is the first by Robert C. Skinner Jr. since his appointment as president and ceo of NYDJ two weeks ago upon the completion of Crestview Partners’ acquisition of the Vernon, Calif.-based denim firm. It fills a vacancy created by the appointment in December of Leslie Singer as president of the Sam Edelman division of Kellwood Co.Castellano will be based at NYDJ’s offices in New York and report to Skinner.She joined T.R. Designs two years ago as ceo in 2012 after serving as vice president of wholesale for men’s and children’s wear at Burberry. After beginning her career at Bloomingdale’s, she spent 19 years at Liz Claiborne Inc., now known as Fifth & Pacific Cos. Inc. and to be renamed Kate Spade & Co. next month. Her most recent post at Claiborne was a seven-year tenure as president of Claiborne Sportswear and men’s midtier brands.“Karen is a dynamic leader with a proven record of success in building teams, guiding businesses and achieving meaningful sales results,” Skinner said. “Karen will play a critical role in continuing NYDJ’s impressive growth trajectory and unlocking the potential of this incredible brand.”Crestview teamed with Maybrook Capital Partners to acquire NYDJ from Falconhead Capital LLC and the founder Rudes-Sandel family earlier this month. Mackey McDonald, a senior adviser to Crestview and the retired ceo of VF Corp., serves as chairman.The company, best known for its Lift Tuck Technology said to make a woman look a size smaller, was founded as Not Your Daughter’s Jeans in 2003 and re-branded as NYDJ during the five-year tenure of Edwin Lewis as chairman and ceo, which corresponded to Falconhead’s ownership of the brand. The brand added tops and sportswear last year, when sales were reported to be in excess of $200 million.
“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