However, a financial source that works with the New York-based company said Nydes planned to continue the business without Spurr. Nydes and other members of the team were “shocked” by Spurr’s decision to leave, added the source.
A press representative for Simon Spurr said the company would have no further comment on the designer’s exit. Spurr himself did not respond to additional questions.
Ilaria Urbinati, the co-owner and buyer for Confederacy in Los Angeles, questioned whether the brand would last long without Spurr at the design helm. “He was the heart and soul of the company. The brand is 100 percent about him and his aesthetic and vision. I don’t think it can survive without him,” she said.
Urbinati was one of the first buyers to pick up Simon Spurr when it originally launched, but she said Confederacy would no longer buy the line without its namesake designer. Urbinati, who is also a Hollywood stylist, has regularly dressed clients like Bradley Cooper, Chris Evans and Armie Hammer in Simon Spurr for red-carpet events and press tours.
“He must have been pretty unhappy to leave the company like that,” noted Urbinati, who is a personal friend of Spurr’s, with the designer attending her wedding last year to photographer Eric Ray Davidson. “It’s a huge shame.”
The company is owned by Spurr, Nydes and a Sweden-based family that invested in the brand, said a source. Nydes is also a founder and managing partner of Ridgeway Capital Group, which raises capital for asset management firms.
Spurr’s exit came just two days after he was nominated for the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year award, along with Patrik Ervell and Billy Reid. While Spurr is no longer associated with a label at the moment, this latest development won’t directly impact that nomination, said Steven Kolb, executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, as the prize is based on the designer’s previous two seasons of work — although it could sway voters’ perceptions of Spurr.
“It’s the individual, not the company, that is nominated,” Kolb explained. “I hope that the voters will vote on that body of work.”
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)