Zac Posen supported by fashion stars following closure of namesake label

Top models have rallied around Zac Posen after the designer was forced to close his label.On Friday, the New York-based fashion star announced that he has had to shutter his namesake fashion house as he and his partners were in the sale process and “ra…

Top models have rallied around Zac Posen after the designer was forced to close his label.

On Friday, the New York-based fashion star announced that he has had to shutter his namesake fashion house as he and his partners were in the sale process and “ran out of time”.

In the days following the shock news, Posen’s friends have sent him supportive messages on social media, including his longtime colleague Karen Elson.

“Sending love to my lovely friend @zacposen who has always made me feel like a Queen in his beautiful creations,” the model wrote on her Instagram page alongside an image of her in a blush pink Posen gown at the 2014 Met Gala. “It’s not an easy time right now in fashion. I know lots of very talented and groundbreaking friends who are struggling to keep their heads and brands afloat. They give their heart and soul into creating magical worlds with beautiful fashion which we dream and fawn over. They often put a lot on the line and work to the point of exhaustion sometimes burning out. I appreciate every artist I’ve ever worked with because of this. It’s not an easy life even if it looks it. They deserve to be appreciated for inspiring us all.”

Elsewhere, Margherita Missoni uploaded a snap of herself wearing a Posen dress in the early 2000s, and in the accompanying caption, she noted that the designer had “deeply influenced” her and insisted that she “can’t wait” to see where his career will go next.

While supermodel Iman shared a slideshow of images showing her posing in various designs from Posen’s collections.

“Sending love & gratitude to my sweet friend and designer extraordinaire @zacposen,” she praised. “I relished every gown that I have been entrusted with and felt like a queen in each one of them. It takes sweat and hard work to make it look effortless. The fashion industry is going thru really hard times and it is with extreme sadness to hear the closing of your atelier (sic). Your kind heart and creativity will be missed… Can’t wait for your new chapter to unfold.”

Posen, 39, will continue to serve as creative director for the Brooks Brothers women’s line.

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Margherita Missoni unveils first M Missoni designs

Margherita Missoni’s first capsule collection for M Missoni was inspired by a photo.The designer, and Missoni fashion house heiress, was named creative director of the diffusion line in October, and is finally showing off her work. The new collection…

Margherita Missoni’s first capsule collection for M Missoni was inspired by a photo.

The designer, and Missoni fashion house heiress, was named creative director of the diffusion line in October, and is finally showing off her work.

The new collection, made up of scarf-embellished pieces, is available to buy now, with Margherita explaining to Matches Fashion the ideas behind it.

“It all came from a photo,” she began. “I spent a lot of time in the (Missoni) archives when I was researching, and I had an image of a scarf crossed in the back and a girl wearing a turban made out of scarves.

“M Missoni is born out of Missoni, so my idea with the brand is never copying Missoni but always taking a little bit of the real deal and elaborating on it. I started to create little capsules of upcycled materials, whether it’s discarded fabrics or forgotten prints that never made it.”

Missoni executives brought the M Missoni brand back in-house in April 2018, after a deal with the Valentino Fashion Group had expired.

However, after working for the family business in her younger years, Margherita wasn’t interested in rejoining the company unless external investors were brought in.

“I always said that I wouldn’t come back (to Missoni) unless someone external came in, with decision-making power and finance to invest, and that’s what happened,” the 36-year-old smiled. “When it’s only family, it feels like they’re doing you a favour letting you work there. Now, when I’m called by the team at Missoni, I have a completely different authority. I know I’m wanted and everyone else does too. It’s very flattering.”

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Margherita Missoni named creative director of M Missoni brand

Margherita Missoni has been named as the new creative director of the M Missoni line.The fashion heiress, who is the granddaughter of brand founders Ottavio and Rosita Missoni, has designed accessories and modelled for the Italian company over the year…

Margherita Missoni has been named as the new creative director of the M Missoni line.

The fashion heiress, who is the granddaughter of brand founders Ottavio and Rosita Missoni, has designed accessories and modelled for the Italian company over the years.

Now, Margherita has announced that she is to return to the family business in an official capacity as the head of the M Missoni diffusion range, which is targeted at a younger demographic.

“After bringing the @mmissoni ready-to-wear license in house, the @missoni Group is working on a plan to innovate both the style and positioning of the collection and this project will be led by the new creative director, ME,” the 35-year-old wrote on her Instagram page on Wednesday (03Oct18). “After a few years spent pursuing other professional projects, some of which I am still working on, being identified as the person who can lead the future course of the new @mmissoni fills me with pride.”

Missoni executives brought the M Missoni brand back in-house in April, after a deal with the Valentino Fashion Group had expired. It is expected that the M Missoni spring/summer 2020 collection will be the first under Margherita’s creative direction.

“I am both proud and overjoyed to welcome Margherita back into the Missoni Group as the creative director of M Missoni,” added Margherita’s mother Angela Missoni, who is the president and creative director of the group. “In her professional trajectory within and outside the company, Margherita has demonstrated her considerable skills. Together with her natural understanding of style and her forward thinking creative capacities, she also proved to be an authentic and successful communicator of the house codes. I am confident that Margherita’s talents will make M Missoni a relevant brand for the years to come.”

The news comes after it was announced in June that the Varese-based Missoni family had sold a 41.2 per cent stake in the company to Italian state-backed private equity group Fondo Strategico Italiano (FSI).

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