Zac Posen’s brand sold

Zac Posen’s brand has been purchased by executives at Centric Brands. In November, the fashion designer announced he was abruptly shutting down his eponymous label, which he founded in 2001, after a sale fell through at the last minute. He revealed he…

Zac Posen’s brand has been purchased by executives at Centric Brands.

In November, the fashion designer announced he was abruptly shutting down his eponymous label, which he founded in 2001, after a sale fell through at the last minute. He revealed he had been in discussions with several potential buyers or investors and none came to fruition.

On Thursday, representatives for Centric Brands announced they had purchased the Zac Posen brand and all related property held by Posen’s business Z Spoke. As part of the deal, Centric executives have acquired all existing licenses and collaboration agreements and won’t be assuming any liabilities associated with the previous business. The value of the deal was not disclosed.

Posen, 39, will serve as a strategic adviser on matters relating to creative direction, marketing, and promotion of the branded business.

“I am so pleased that Centric Brands is committed to the Zac Posen brand and to building a new and relevant Zac Posen branded world,” said Posen, according to WWD. “I am looking forward to helping Jason (Rabin, chief executive officer of Centric) and the team continue to identify and execute on strategic licensing opportunities and selectively build the brand’s global distribution and omnichannel marketing strategy.

“Along with my role as strategic advisor to Centric Brands, I am looking forward to engaging in other projects, both in and outside of fashion, that have long intrigued me. It’s a very exciting time.”

Rabin added in a statement, “Zac is a talented and charismatic designer. The Zac Posen label is synonymous with exceptional craftsmanship and modern American glamour and is a red-carpet favourite among many of the world’s most famous celebrities. This acquisition adds a global, marquee designer brand to our portfolio of ready-to-wear women’s apparel and provides a platform to expand into new licensing categories, while supporting one of our strategies for growth.”

Centric’s portfolio includes labels such as Herve Leger, BCBG MaxAzria, and Hudson Jeans.

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Claire Danes: ‘People still talk about my 2016 Met Gala dress’

Claire Danes is still asked about her 2016 Met Gala dress almost four years after she wore it. The Homeland actress hit headlines when she stepped out onto the red carpet at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual fundraiser in a strapless light-up Za…

Claire Danes is still asked about her 2016 Met Gala dress almost four years after she wore it.

The Homeland actress hit headlines when she stepped out onto the red carpet at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual fundraiser in a strapless light-up Zac Posen ballgown that made her look like Cinderella.

Speaking with the fashion designer for Town & Country magazine, Danes shared that she is still asked about the look and is thrilled she can share such a memorable red carpet moment with her longtime friend.

“People still also talk about the dress you designed for me for the 2016 Met Gala. I mean, they talk about it as one of the most remarkable things that I’ve ever done in my life,” she said. “And I’m sort of like, ‘Well, I have an amazing friend.’ But I was glad that we got to share that.”

Posen, who recently closed his eponymous fashion label, praised his pal for surviving the evening in such a heavy dress.

Meanwhile, Danes recalled how she had required assistance in the bathroom.

“I was careful not to imbibe any liquids, because the bathroom situation was not easy. I remember I went in there before it was too crowded, and Uma Thurman was in the bathroom and she helped me,” the 40-year-old remembered. “(The dress) was great on the red carpet, but it really came alive inside the museum. People’s mouths would just fall open, it was so pretty.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Danes told her friend, who she has known since he was in high school, that she only started partnering with designers for public appearances after Baz Luhrmann got Prada’s team to style her to promote his 1997 movie Romeo + Juliet.

“You did your own styling. You got a dress, and you did your own hair and make-up,” she shared. “I remember, for Romeo + Juliet, Baz Luhrmann partnered with Prada, so Miuccia Prada did all my clothes for that press tour. That was amazing… It feels antiquated now. But we’re evolving, and that’s always a good thing.”

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Brooke Shields finally confident in her personal style choices

Brooke Shields finally feels confident in voicing her opinions on clothes and outfits.The model/actress has reflected on some of her memorable outfits from her lengthy Hollywood career in a new interview with Vogue.com, and revealed that she’s finally …

Brooke Shields finally feels confident in voicing her opinions on clothes and outfits.

The model/actress has reflected on some of her memorable outfits from her lengthy Hollywood career in a new interview with Vogue.com, and revealed that she’s finally comfortable with having a view on what she wears.

“I think the biggest change in my style from then to now is that I don’t wear something if I don’t love it or feel good in it,” she shared. “It took a while for me to sort of get confident in having an opinion.”

Brooke went on to explain that one of her favourite looks is the navy blue Zac Posen dress she wore to the 2018 Met Gala.

“I was so happy it had pockets, even though I didn’t put anything in the pockets,” the 54-year-old laughed. “And I just felt really regal and beautiful, and appropriate. I wanted it to look really gorgeous, and Zac was just so lovely. I felt like a real star.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Brooke reflected on the outfit she wore to the 1992 premiere of Death Becomes Her, and noted how she had wanted to impress the film’s star, Meryl Streep.

“This was my slick hair, dark, dark red lip, big hoops, lots of crop tops. I was a huge fan of Meryl Streep’s. This was on the off chance I was going to get to meet her. I thought she’d like this outfit,” she smiled.

The Suddenly Susan star also discussed her 2003 Vogue cover, shot by Annie Leibowitz, in which she was heavily pregnant with her daughter Rowan.

However, Brooke confessed that it was “hard” being the second woman to be featured on the cover of a magazine while pregnant, after Demi Moore’s now-iconic cover for Vanity Fair back in 1991.

“It was hard being the second person to be photographed pregnant, because Demi had done it prior, and she had that whole unbelievable tuxedo look, so it was impossible to rival that,” the mother-of-two shared.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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