Madame Shaw-Lan Wang
Jeanne Lanvin Retrospective, Autumn Winter 2015-2016, Paris Fashion Week, Paris, France - 06 Mar 2015
PARIS — In the latest shakeup at the troubled house of Lanvin, majority owner Shaw-Lan Wang has reshuffled the company’s management, bringing back former Lanvin executive Nicolas Druz as her adviser, WWD has learned.His appointment was effective Aug. 29, according to a note from Wang that was sent to personnel and seen by WWD. “He is charged with assisting me in the decision-making process,” the Taiwan-based media magnate said.Separately, she revealed Michèle Huiban, chief executive officer of the brand since 2013, would step down from the board of directors and remain with the company as deputy managing director, a post she has held since 2011. She will also retain her position as chief financial officer.Huiban, who took charge of Lanvin’s day-to-day operations following the departure of managing director Thierry Andretta, reports to Wang and is the point person for the executive committee when the owner is not in Paris.She is charged with ensuring the implementation of the strategic projects decided by the board and facilitating the coordination between different departments.Sales at the company have been eroding since peaking at 235 million euros in 2012, according to a source. Last year, revenues fell 23 percent to 162 million euros, with a net loss of 18.3 million euros, marking the house’s first red ink in nearly a decade, with expectations of worsening losses this fiscal year.In July, Bouchra Jarrar exited her position as creative director of the house's women's collections after just two seasons. She was replaced by Olivier Lapidus, a relative unknown, who will show his first collection on Sept. 27 during Paris Fashion Week. Lucas Ossendrijver remains artistic director for Lanvin men's wear.Several members of the board are said to have felt blindsided by Lapidus’ appointment. Investment banker Pierre Mallevays of Savigny Partners confirmed in July that he and minority shareholder Ralph Bartel have submitted letters of resignation to disassociate themselves from Wang’s decisions and governance.As reported, it is understood Bartel and Mallevays had urged Wang to go through a proper process using professional advice from a talent search firm. One source said Wang also did not consult the board when she appointed Jarrar and Huiban.
“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