DALLAS — Shoe obsession has hit the Dallas Market Center, which will display about 110 footwear resources at next week’s women’s market — twice the number of footwear exhibitors a year ago.
The Strut shoe booth show launched in January 2012 signaled the DMC’s effort to build its footwear business. As some vendors opted to lease permanent space, the number of shoe showrooms swelled to 30, including Cole Haan, Kenneth Cole, Steve Madden and Ugg.
“Retailer demand has allowed us to grow our shoe marketplace in Dallas with more apparel stores carrying the category across price points,” said Cindy Morris, chief operating officer.
Permanent shoe showrooms making their debut at the March 21 to 24 show are Bernie Mev, Sbicca and Grazie, Passions Footwear, Rockport and Volatile. In addition, the Strut show will feature at least 20 new labels among roughly 65 brands. Strut newcomers include Bearpaw, Birkenstock, Diba, Earth Brands, Eileen Fisher, Mia, Naughty Monkey, Rampage and Rocket Dog.
Combined, Strut and the shoe showrooms cover about 45,000 square feet on the World Trade Center’s 13th floor. In addition, several showrooms on the 14th and 15th floors display shoes, such as Camuto Group, Corral Boots and Old Gringo.
In other news, Susanne Taylor & Associates showroom will introduce nine lifestyle fashion and accessory brands to the DMC: Canadian-made Karma activewear inspired by runway trends; fashion hosiery labels Aristoc, House of Holland, Pretty Polly and Alice + Olivia by U.K. legwear giant Pretty Polly; Hanro of Switzerland women’s and men’s intimate apparel, and three sleepwear and robe brands by Gerhard Rösch of Germany — Rösch, Blanche Fleur and Féraud.
Taylor, who has been traveling to introduce the labels to retailers, said reaction has been strong.
“All these people we are seeing on the road have been calling us and asking us to come — it’s not like we’re searching for a place to go,” she said. “Beyoncé and her dancers wore Pretty Polly’s sexy Secret Socks during the Super Bowl [halftime show]. It’s trendy, fun and on target.”
Pam Kramer & Associates will unveil Czar by Cesar Galindo, a bridge-priced dress collection by Cesar Galindo that has been shown twice at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, and A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz day dresses.
Czar is known for draping and print placement, and the fall line branches into soft sportswear and faux fur stoles.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast