Nagulat ang fashion world nang biglang i-announce ng American fashion designer na si Zac Posen last November 1 na isasara na niya ang kanyang fashion label.
Kasama na rito ay ang kanyang House of Z at ang diffusion line na Z Spoke. Pati ang official Zac Posen website na ZacPosen.com, now leads to an empty domain page.
Nakilala si Zac dahil sa kanyang mga elegant gowns na sinuot na ng maraming A-list celebrities sa red carpet tulad nila Oprah Winfrey, Glenn Close, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes, Debra Messing, Amal Clooney, Reese Witherspoon, Katie Holmes, Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie, Katharine McPhee, Nicole Kidman and former US First Lady Michelle Obama.
Sa report ng Vogue, Posen's House of Z had ceased operations and approximately 60 employees were informed they were being let go.
“I think I’ve worked with integrity and care. 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. I will always have me. I will always have my creativity.
“I need to reflect and regroup, and also to look at the world we’re living in and figure what the next move is, where I can share my creativity and my love, and build another community," malungkot na pahayag ng 39-year old designer.
Huling fashion show ni Posen ay noong nakaraang New York Fashion Week kunsaan pinakita ang kanyang 2020 collection. Pero wala raw item na sini-ship dahil sa nangyari.
Heartbroken ang designer sa nangyari sa kanyang pinaghirapan na fashion brand na unang lumabas noong 2001. After 20 years, isang mabigat na desisyon ang ginawa ni Posen para sa kanyang company.
"We had to close up House of Z, Z-Spoke, the whole company. 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.
"I have been trying to find the right strategic partners at this tough time in retail and in the industry. The clock ran out."
For more than 15 years, Ron Burkle’s investment firm Yucaipa Cos. has owned a major stake in the brand. In April, Yucaipa announced they were looking to sell. Unfortunately, it’s a tough time for retail and fashion. A buyer was never found.
Posen explained: "I’ve been trying to not have this happen for a month. We found out this morning there was not a solution. Yucaipa and Burkle, have been very supportive and it’s important for me to be respectful of a very, very tough decision. I gave it all I could.”
Higit na 60 employees ang mawawalan ng trabaho sa pag-shut down ng House of Z. Stop operations sa lahat ng productions.
Nag-share pa si Posen ng isang photo on Instagram ng kanyang team with an emotional caption: “I want to express my appreciation to our extraordinary team and for all those who have stood by me and the brand.”
Nalungkot ang kaibigan ni Posen, ang Project Runway Season 4 winner Christian Siriano sa balitang ito.
“With so much happening in fashion right now I’m sending my support to others in this business who have lost their way and you know who you are. I hope we all can find the right balance soon to keep making the world a more beautiful place with our art.”
Born Zachary Posen on October 24, 1980 in New York City, his interest in fashion design started early, and as a child he would steal yarmulkes from his grandparents' synagogue to make ball dresses for dolls.
At age 18, he was accepted into the womenswear degree program at London's Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design at the University of the Arts London.
In 2000, Posen received a prominent career opportunity after a dress he made for supermodel Naomi Campbell changed hands several times among several fashion insiders, including actress Paz de la Huerta. He is famously well-connected and has called Stella Schnabel his muse.
In 2001, Posen constructed a gown entirely made from thin leather strips and dressmaker hooks and eyes that was displayed by the Victoria and Albert Museum and featured in their "Curvaceous" exhibition. Nagsimula na siyang magtayo ng kanyang business at tinawag siya bilang "boy wonder" of the fashion world dahil sa kanyang meteoric rise to fame.
Nakatanggap ng maraming recognitions si Posen for his contribution to fashion. Kabilang na rito ang Council of Fashion Designers of America's 2004 Swarovski's Perry Ellis Award for Womenswear.
Naging favorite go-to designer si Posen ng mga celebrities na sina Natalie Portman, Rihanna, Amanda Seyfried, Kate Winslet, Claire Danes, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Mischa Barton, Sophia Vergara, Naomi Watts, Beyoncé Knowles at pati na si Princess Eugenie of York.
In April 2008, Posen's capsule collection created in collaboration with Target, Zac Posen for Target, was released in 75 stores in Australia.
December 18, 2012 ng maging official judge sa reality competion show na Project Runway si Posen starting with season 11 hanggang season 16.
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