NEW YORK — Peter Som, newly minted creative director of women's at Bill Blass, already has another category to sink his teeth into.
Bill Blass Ltd. has inked a licensing deal with The Global Fur Group to manufacture and distribute furs under the Blass name. The Montreal-based company said it will take its cues from the firm's ready-to-wear collection. The fur line will launch this fall at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and smaller specialty stores.
"The Global Fur Group will be a great partner for us as we continue to build on the Bill Blass image and lifestyle categories," Robert D'Loren, president and chief executive officer of NexCen Brands Inc., which owns Bill Blass, said in a statement. "We view this collaboration with The Global Fur Group as a great step forward in the extension of the brand."
Blass once had a fur licensee in Mohl Fur Co., but decided to terminate that license in the mid-Eighties.
The new collection features pieces such as a Loden-dyed chinchilla coat and an embroidered black broadtail coat. It retails at prices such as $9,800 for a mink charcoal car coat, $10,600 for a Loden corduroy sheared mink coat and $36,000 for a feathered Russian sable coat.
The Global Fur Group consists of divisions including Natural Furs International, Global Furs Inc. and Interco, and is the North American licensee for Féraud.
"With our innovative design team and understanding of the Blass vision, we are confident in the success of this relationship," said Christina Nacos, vice president of The Global Fur Group, in the statement.
“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
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast