NEW YORK--Gary Dembart is leaving as president and chief executive officer of the Sara Lee Bodywear Group to join Kenneth Cole Productions, effective July 1. At Kenneth Cole, Dembart will be senior vice president of retail, catalog and wholesale marketing, a new post. A successor has not been named at Sara Lee Bodywear. Dembart is one of three executives joining the Cole firm. The others are Harry Kubetz, named senior vice president of operations, a post that has been vacant for about three months, and Patti Cohen, named general counsel, a new post. Kubetz was corporate vice president of No Fear. Cohen was associate general counsel/senior real-estate counsel at Nine West Group. In other changes at Kenneth Cole, Paul Blum has moved to executive vice president from senior vice president, and continues to supervise wholesale businesses and merchandising. Stanley A. Mayer continues as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Jaryn Bloom was promoted to divisional president of the Kenneth Cole Retail Group from the group's vice president, and Susan Hudson was promoted to divisional president of men's footwear from divisional vice president. Dembart has headed Sara Lee Bodywear, a unit of Sara Lee Corp.'s personal-products business, since it was formed late in 1994. It now consists of the Body Force, Scotchmaid, Hanes Her Way and licensed Converse bodywear lines. Earlier, he was senior vice president of retail at Coach, the leather goods firm that's also part of Sara Lee. He started with Sara Lee in 1977.
@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