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.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“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