PARIS — Fashion’s revolving door has turned once again.After eight years of “fruitful” collaboration, Leonard and its artistic director, Véronique Leroy, are parting ways, according to statements released by the two parties on Friday, both citing a mutual agreement.Leroy’s contract is up at the end of the month. The house is on the hunt for a successor.The news comes only days after the house presented its spring collection, which strongly reflected Leroy’s personal design aesthetic.Leonard chairman Daniel Tribouillard, who founded the house in 1958, each season would take the runway bow with Leroy on his arm. His daughter Nathalie Tribouillard is the house’s managing director.Leroy, who is Belgian, also designs a signature line and collaborates with Mus, a luxury Belgian clothing label.Known for its signature hand-printed Coptic and orchid-print silk jersey designs, Leonard historically has had a strong presence in Asia. Of its 125 freestanding stores, 100 are based in Japan, the brand’s biggest market.Store openings are planned for Singapore, Shanghai, Peking and São Paulo.The brand also has 70 franchises.A company spokeswoman declined to disclose sales figures for the brand.
@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