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    Fashion designer Zac Posen suddenly shuts down namesake label

    Fashion designer Zac Posen is shutting down his namesake label. House of Z and Z Spoke, which own his company, announced Friday that the company is ceasing all business operations.

    The New York designer is known for his glamorous red carpet gowns, which have graced Hollywood stars for nearly 20 years. The company called the decision “difficult.”

    “The Board of Managers is disappointed with this outcome but can no longer continue operations and believe an orderly disposition at this stage is the best course of action, under the circumstances,” according to a press release.

    “I’ve been personally trying to find the right partner for some time,” Posen told Vogue. “But time ran out, and the difficult climate out there… it’s not an easy time in our industry.”

    “I want to express my appreciation to our extraordinary team and for all those who have stood by me and the brand,” Posen said in a statement. “I owe a great deal of gratitude for their unwavering support for and dedication to the Company.”

    Posen said his company has unsuccessfully tried to navigate the changing fashion industry, which has as a whole struggled as fast fashion and online shopping have exponentially grown. Barneys New York, a stockist of Posen’s, was sold Friday.

    “We are disappointed that these efforts have not been successful and deeply saddened that the journey of nearly 20 years has come to an end,” he continued. “I am grateful to the team who lent their incomparable talent and commitment along the way. I remain incredibly proud of what we created and hopeful for the future.”

    Posen founded the line in 2001 at just 20 years old, after dropping out of London’s distinguished Central Saint Martins. He quickly became a darling of the industry.

    In 2004, Posen was awarded the prestigious Perry Ellis Award for Womenswear by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. His dresses have been worn by countless celebrities, including Michelle Obama, Natalie Portman, Rihanna, Kate Winslet, Naomi Campbell, Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé, among many others.

    Posen also hosted a table at the Met Gala for the first time this year. Jourdan Dunn, Katie Holmes, Julia Garner, Nina Dobrev and Deepika Padukone all wore his 3D printed gowns to the event.

    “It’s been 20 years of love, I’m very sad,” Posen told Vogue. “But I’ve had the great fortune to express myself creatively, and to have made some incredible work with unbelievably passionate people. The community of people who have come through House of Z and are currently here — it’s a powerful force.”

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