Zac Posen hit with lawsuit over unpaid wages – report

The former chief financial officer at Zac Posen has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the designer over unpaid wages.The 39-year-old made the decision to shutter his eponymous label and the House of Z on 1 November, sending shockwaves throughout the f…

The former chief financial officer at Zac Posen has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the designer over unpaid wages.

The 39-year-old made the decision to shutter his eponymous label and the House of Z on 1 November, sending shockwaves throughout the fashion industry.

Posen claimed the company was in the middle of a sale process, but a buyer could not be found in time, forcing himself and his partners to shut indefinitely.

Now, according to editors at the New York Post’s Page Six, former chief financial officer Dominic Miachon-Hobson has named the fashion house – along with Posen’s investor Ron Burkle and his company ­Yucaipa – in a legal complaint over alleged unpaid wages and expenses. He claims he hasn’t been paid since the end of August.

In the suit filed at the New York County Supreme Court last month, Miachon-Hobson said he was owed a total of $167,177.51 (£130,287.31) in outstanding expenses and is seeking remunerations for business expenses paid with his personal credit card.

Lawyers for the former Zac Posen executive claim the company is in breach of contract and has violated labour laws.

Miachon-Hobson also said he suffered “monetary damages in the amount of the unreimbursed expenses, damage to his credit and out-of-pocket medical expenses.”

He is seeking an unknown amount of damages, as well as punitive damages and interest.

The former executive told reporters at Page Six that he even paid Posen’s employees out of his own pocket.

“I was told to clear everything up with no money coming in. Everybody was so committed to Zac and the company, many of us put our own money in. I allowed them to use my credit card to help the company get credit. I even paid the payroll taxes from my own account,” he claimed.

Posen and his business partners are yet to respond to the lawsuit.

© Cover Media

Bryce Dallas Howard thanks Zac Posen for designing wedding dress

Bryce Dallas Howard has thanked Zac Posen for creating her wedding dress after the designer announced he was shutting down his famous label.Posen revealed on Friday that he and his partners had failed to find an investor or buyer and made the “horrible…

Bryce Dallas Howard has thanked Zac Posen for creating her wedding dress after the designer announced he was shutting down his famous label.

Posen revealed on Friday that he and his partners had failed to find an investor or buyer and made the “horrible” decision to shutter his namesake brand.

“We had to make the call. My partners and I tried everything possible within our means to find solutions to keep it going. The clock ran out,” the designer told WWD.

Throughout his career, Posen dressed the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Naomi Watts and created wedding dresses for Katharine McPhee Foster, Princess Eugenie, and Bryce Dallas Howard.

And the Jurassic World star took to Instagram on Sunday to share never-before-seen snaps of her nuptials to Seth Gabel and thank the 39-year-old designer for making her dress dreams come true on her big day 13 years ago.

“@zacposen, your artistry is a gift that we are so lucky to receive. You designed the dress for one of the most important days of my life, and I can’t wait to see what’s ahead for you as you enter this new chapter. Thank you for everything Zac,” she sweetly shared alongside three pictures of her posing in the timeless strapless sweeping ivory gown, which was adorned with delicate embroidery.

Howard wed fellow actor Gabel in June 2006 after dating for five years. The couple welcomed son Theodore in 2007 and daughter Beatrice in 2012.

Fashion stars including Iman, Karen Elson and Coco Rocha have heaped praise on Posen following his shock announcement.

© Cover Media

Zac Posen closing down namesake label

Zac Posen has spoken out on the “horrible” decision to close his namesake brand.On Friday, the shock news broke that the designer would be shutting down his eponymous label, which he started in 2001, after a sale fell through at the last minute. “We …

Zac Posen has spoken out on the “horrible” decision to close his namesake brand.

On Friday, the shock news broke that the designer would be shutting down his eponymous label, which he started in 2001, after a sale fell through at the last minute.

“We had to close up House of Z, Z-Spoke, the whole company,” Posen told WWD, calling the decision “surreal, intense, surprising and immediate”.

He sadly explained: “The board made a difficult decision. We were in a sale process and we ran out of time. There was a board vote. We had to make the call. My partners and I tried everything possible within our means to find solutions to keep it going. The clock ran out.”

According to the outlet, Yucaipa Companies, which has owned a stake in the Zac Posen brand for more than 15 years, was looking to sell, and there were several discussions with potential buyers. However, talks failed and the sale was ultimately unsuccessful.

And the designer’s most recent collection, which he showcased in September, will not be shipped.

Posen has dressed the likes of former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Naomi Watts, and last year, he designed the reception gown Princess Eugenie wore after her wedding to Jack Brooksbank.

“We have dressed everybody, from the biggest stars to emerging talents to royalty. I feel really fortunate to have made clothes they responded to,” the 39-year-old shared.

Despite the decision, Posen, who also serves as creative director for the Brooks Brothers women’s collection, is confident he can make a return to the fashion industry.

“Hopefully, I’ll have a long career ahead. I need to take a little time to think about my options. I’ve been focused on my brand for a long time. Now, this is a new stage,” he insisted. “I will always have me. I will always have my creativity.”

© Cover Media

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.

© Cover Media

Coco Rocha praises Zac Posen following closure of his namesake label

Coco Rocha has shared her sadness over Zac Posen closing down his eponymous label.The 31-year-old Canadian took to Instagram to pay tribute to the designer after the surprising news on Friday that he was shuttering his eponymous label after 18 years. …

Coco Rocha has shared her sadness over Zac Posen closing down his eponymous label.

The 31-year-old Canadian took to Instagram to pay tribute to the designer after the surprising news on Friday that he was shuttering his eponymous label after 18 years.

Posting a snap of her wearing a show-stopping red gown created by the 39-year-old, Coco heaped praised on her close friend, who she has worked with since 2004.

“My earliest memories of New York fashion are centred around my friend @zacposen, his shows, his gowns, and his unstoppable creativity. Fashion has changed an incredible amount in the last 15 years, both for the better and the worse,” she wrote, before telling her followers that she has always had a “genuine connection” to the designer.

“We changed our own corners of the industry for the better, but in doing so we faced incredibly negative forces because of going against the grain,” Coco continued. “While I was sad to learn that House of Z closed its doors today, one thing I know for sure is that Zac is a force of nature that cannot and will not be contained or restrained. #ZacPosen.”

The model has been close with the New York-based designer since she began her career back in 2002, and closed Posen’s show in 2015 just six months after giving birth to her daughter, Ioni James Conran.

Coco walked the runway wearing a black nylon mesh dress which was embedded with more than 500 LED lights that were coded by teenage girls across the U.S. as part of a collaboration with Google.

© Cover Media

Joey King cried when she tried on ‘dream dress’ for Emmy Awards

Joey King cried when she tried on her Zac Posen dress for the 2019 Emmy Awards. The 20-year-old actress stunned on the purple carpet in a red strapless old Hollywood gown which was custom-made by the fashion designer, who knew he had made the perfect …

Joey King cried when she tried on her Zac Posen dress for the 2019 Emmy Awards.

The 20-year-old actress stunned on the purple carpet in a red strapless old Hollywood gown which was custom-made by the fashion designer, who knew he had made the perfect look when The Act star “started crying when she tried it on.”

“This is her dream dress and we really captured it and that’s when I know that I’ve done a good job,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “And I really care a great deal about her. I think she’s really a spectacular actress and a wonderful person and girl.

“I think it’s great to have a young woman who wants to look elegant. It’s rarer and rarer and Joey really understands that and it’s cool. It’s going to take her a long way!”

The collaboration marked a “full circle” moment for the duo, as Posen brought King to her first Emmy Awards last year and they decided to work together on her dress when she was nominated for her first-ever Emmy Award for her role in The Act this year.

And the actress knew exactly what she wanted her outfit to look like.

“She wanted a cool bow detail in the back, something strapless, some skin exposed in the back, and something with an architectural quality to it that remained elegant and classic, which is so refreshing to hear from a (then) 19-year-old. She wants fashion!” Posen gushed. “She knows her references and she knows my clothing now really well, so it’s a real designer Hollywood collaboration.”

King’s stylist Jared Eng also told the outlet that she wanted to channel old Hollywood glamour, “like Audrey Hepburn”.

The Kissing Booth star was nominated for the Lead Actress in a Limited Series prize, but lost out to Michelle Williams.

© Cover Media

Kim Kardashian credits Zac Posen with introducing her to high fashion

Kim Kardashian will always be thankful to Zac Posen for introducing her to high fashion.As one of the most photographed women in the world, the reality TV personality undoubtedly has access to any clothing brand she desires. However, in an interview wi…

Kim Kardashian will always be thankful to Zac Posen for introducing her to high fashion.

As one of the most photographed women in the world, the reality TV personality undoubtedly has access to any clothing brand she desires.

However, in an interview with her husband Kanye West for the September 2019 issue of Vogue Arabia, Kardashian explained that she will always have a soft spot for New York-based designer Posen.

“Zac Posen, who was the first designer with a fashion house to believe in me when nobody did. He invited me to the CFDA Awards (in 2010) and I remember him saying to me, ‘Kim, I see this in you, can you please trust me?’ He wanted me to wear minimal make-up. I was so uncomfortable and, of course, showed up with a full face,” she shared. “That night he introduced me to Karl Lagerfeld and I sat next to (designer) Rachel Roy. I remember being so nervous and intimidated because I knew no one. Rachel was so nice, she told me who was who and introduced me to so many people.”

Kardashian has undergone a major style transformation since she began dating West in 2012 and often credits the rapper with inspiring her to be more daring with fashion.

As well as collaborating with her husband, the 38-year-old also has fond memories of working alongside Manfred Thierry Mugler, who created her crystal-studded beige Latex look for the 2019 Met Gala, Alexander Wang, Riccardo Tisci, and fashion editors Anna Wintour and Carine Roitfeld, as well as the late Karl Lagerfeld.

“I will always remember my shoot with Karl Lagerfeld that Carine styled – he wanted very specific sheets for a shot that we did so he sent someone to his own home so that we could use them,” the star added.

© Cover Media

Zac Posen teaming with Pronovias on bridal line

Zac Posen has partnered with luxury bridal brand Pronovias on a new collection.The New York-based designer is no stranger to bridalwear, having previously teamed with U.S. retailer David’s Bridal on the Truly Zac Posen line and created wedding gowns fo…

Zac Posen has partnered with luxury bridal brand Pronovias on a new collection.

The New York-based designer is no stranger to bridalwear, having previously teamed with U.S. retailer David’s Bridal on the Truly Zac Posen line and created wedding gowns for celebrities including Katharine McPhee, Coco Rocha, and Portia de Rossi.

Now, Posen has announced he is working with bosses at the Pronovias Group on a range to be a part of the Spanish company’s White One offering, which is aimed at the millennial bride.

“I am very pleased to announce my partnership with Pronovias Group and the White One brand,” he said. “Our shared vision and expertise promise to offer signature one of a kind designs for brides globally.”

The Zac Posen for White One range will infuse Posen’s signature sense of modern glamour with more classic bridalwear styles. There will be 20 bridal dresses and 10 bridal accessories in the first line, with the gowns to feature Posen’s signature techniques, such as layers of chiffon or pleated details.

And Amandine Ohayon, chief executive officer of Pronovias Group, couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the fashion star.

“This new partnership with Zac Posen is a match made in heaven and will continue to strengthen White One’s positioning as a modern, playful and stylish brand,” she commented. “Zac’s beautiful, glamorous aesthetics combined with our bridal savoir-faire will bring a unique offer to the market: high-fashion design combined with high-quality bridal fit, at an affordable price-point.”

Items in the collection will be previewed in New York on 5 October, with prices ranging from $1,200 to $4,000 (£965 – £3,220).

© Cover Media

Target bringing back designer collections to celebrate 20th anniversary

Target is bringing back 20 designer collections, including its collaborations with Zac Posen and Missoni, to celebrate two decades of fashion partnerships.Executives at the U.S. retailer announced on Thursday that they are gearing up to launch the Anni…

Target is bringing back 20 designer collections, including its collaborations with Zac Posen and Missoni, to celebrate two decades of fashion partnerships.

Executives at the U.S. retailer announced on Thursday that they are gearing up to launch the Anniversary Collection, which will feature 300 products across clothing, accessories, home decor, and kitchen items. The line will drop on 14 September, with prices ranging from $7 to $160 (£6 – £130).

Previously, shoppers have queued for hours, and crashed Target’s website, in an effort to get their hands on items designed by the likes of Rodarte, Jason Wu, Proenza Schouler, Anna Sui, Altuzarra, Phillip Lim, and Lilly Pulitzer.

However, shoppers are restricted this time round to five items per size and colour from the collection, both in-store and online.

And Mark Tritton, chief merchandising officer at the U.S. retailer, teased more collaborations in the future.

“This anniversary celebrates our rich design history and the diverse range of partnerships we’ve offered our guests for the last 20 years,” he said in a statement. “Each partnership brought something special and exciting to our guests, and with 20 years behind us, we’re only getting started. We look forward to bringing our guests more incredible, inspiring and affordable design, creating preference for Target each and every day.”

The designers are a huge favourite with famous faces, and recently, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wore a Jason Wu Collection dress to the London premiere of The Lion King reboot, while Katharine McPhee sported three custom Zac Posen dresses for her wedding to David Foster in London back in June.

Target has also teamed up with editors at publishing house Rizzoli to release Target: 20 Years of Design for All: How Target Revolutionized Accessible Design, a book which will highlight each designer collection over the years.

Additionally, bosses will release a documentary that will take a look behind the scenes at Target’s innovative approach to affordable design in September.

© Cover Media

Katharine McPhee shares first look at Zac Posen wedding dress

Katharine McPhee has finally shared the first look at her bespoke Zac Posen wedding dress.The Smash actress wed music producer David Foster in a chic ceremony in London last Friday, and finally gave her fans and followers on Instagram a full-length vie…

Katharine McPhee has finally shared the first look at her bespoke Zac Posen wedding dress.

The Smash actress wed music producer David Foster in a chic ceremony in London last Friday, and finally gave her fans and followers on Instagram a full-length view of her stunning dress on Wednesday.

“The most perfect day with the most perfect husband,” McPhee wrote alongside a series of snaps that documented the nuptials.

In one image, the newlyweds are sitting closely together on a couch, while another shot captures the couple as they make their way down a staircase at their wedding reception, with the Broadway star debuting another Posen-designed dress.

The 35-year-old changed from her white dress with sweetheart neckline into an elegant, off-the-shoulder white gown with a delicate pattern from the New York-based designer’s pre-fall 2018 collection.

“I really trusted Zac Posen to make my wedding dress,” she told Vogue Weddings. “I knew he would bring my dream to fruition. I had sent him some reference images of Princess Grace (of Monaco). I loved her classic beauty and elegant simplicity. The wedding dress turned out to be more than I could’ve ever imagined.”

For cutting the cake and hitting the dance floor, McPhee opted for a blue duchess satin tea-length Zac Posen cocktail dress, that was based on one of his gowns from his spring 2013 collection.

Posen also shared a full-length shot of the Broadway star wearing his creation and wrote on Instagram: “The gorgeous bride @katharinemcphee in a one of a kind #zacposen right before her wedding! #madeinnyc #madewithlove”.

He later shared a sweet slow-motion clip of the former American Idol star spinning round in her breathtaking dress.

David also uploaded a snap from his wedding day on his Instagram Stories, and simply shared one stunning image of him and his new wife posing together shortly after they exchanged vows at the Church of Saint Yeghiche in South Kensington.

“A magical day 6.28.19,” the 69-year-old wrote above the sweet shot.

© Cover Media