NEW YORK — Paula Sutter has resigned from her role as president of Diane von Furstenberg Studio, LLC. She will leave the company on Dec. 31.
“Paula has played a key role in the second life of DVF,” said Diane von Furstenberg, who holds the title of founder and cochairman at her company. “We have had a great ride together, and I am grateful for all that she has done to bring us to where we are today.”
Sutter joined the company as president in 1999, and played an instrumental role in the re-branding and growth of the business over the past decade. In tandem with the designer, she spearheaded a “second life” for the label, which was best known for its wrap dress in its Seventies heyday, and launched a comeback in 1998. During Sutter’s tenure, DVF grew into a global luxury lifestyle brand with freestanding stores and wholesale accounts in department and specialty stores worldwide. Today the brand is represented in more than 70 countries. The company also added accessories, which range from shoes, handbags, small leather goods and scarves to eyewear, fine jewelry, watches and luggage. In 2011, DVF introduced a home collection, encompassing tabletop, bedding and rugs, as well as a signature fragrance, Diane.
“I have great respect for Diane and the organization we have built together,” Sutter said. “The company has grown tremendously over the last 14 years, and I am very proud of what we have accomplished during my time here.”
Recently, the company has embarked on its next stage. Last year, industry veteran Joel Horowitz, one of the architects of Tommy Hilfiger’s success, joined as cochairman.
The company retained Maxine Martens to handle the search for chief executive officer. Until then, senior management will report directly to Horowitz. “We thank Paula for the passion and commitment she has displayed over her 14 years at the company,” Horowitz said. “We wish her the very best.”
Prior to DVF, Sutter ran her own consulting business, PSI Consulting, and before that was vice president of DKNY’s domestic women’s division.
“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
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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