NEW YORK--In an expansion of management, Cygne Design Group has named three group executive vice presidents. They are Kathy Fahy, who was with The Limited Stores; Richard Kramer, coming from The Leslie Fay Cos., and Martin Richter, until recently president of Faded Glory. Kramer was president of Leslie Fay's sportswear group and is succeeded there by Cate Bandel, who will oversee the struggling company's Leslie Fay, Nipon Studio and Outlander sportswear labels. Bandel had been president of sales and marketing for the Leslie Fay and Nipon brands. Bandel joined the company in January 1994 from SK & Co., where she was president. Kramer had been with Leslie Fay since June 1994, joining the firm as president of its former Theo Miles division. Earlier, he was with Liz Claiborne. Fahy started with The Limited Stores in 1990 and last year was named vice president of tops. Before joining The Limited, she was at Saks Fifth Avenue in various merchandising posts. Richter joined Faded Glory as president in 1993. Earlier, he was president of the dress division at Liz Claiborne and before that president of the Van Buren buying office. Details of their new jobs at Cygne Design, a fast-growing private label manufacturer, were not immediately available. Meanwhile, discussing the switch at Leslie Fay, John J. Pomerantz, chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement that Bandel will be heading a sportswear group that "has been undergoing a dramatic turnaround in recent months." However, the executive change at Leslie Fay comes at a time when the company is considering selling its core business, including the sportswear group, as a way out of Chapter 11. Leslie Fay has been in bankruptcy since April 1993, two months after revelation of an accounting scandal rocked the company. The fraud, being investigated by government authorities and the subject of several lawsuits, resulted in an overstatement of earnings by $119 million from 1990 to 1992. This past week, BDO Seidman, Leslie Fay's accountants at the time of the accounting scandal, charged in court actions that senior executives, including Pomerantz, knew about and orchestrated the fraud. Pomerantz has denied the charges, saying he "knew nothing."
@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