A jaunt around the world of accessories by the numbers.
• The value of diamond trading in the Shanghai Diamond Exchange increased 2.4 percent (year-on-year) to $1.98 billion, in the six months ended June 30. The volume of the same dropped, however, by 37.6 percent to 33.93 million carats. Source: diamondworld.net
• The total value of Swiss watch exports to China was 111.5 million francs ($119.3 million) in August, a drop of 4.7 percent from the same month in 2012. Source: Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry
• Diamonds keep setting records. On Oct. 7, the largest diamond ever sold at auction — at 118.28 carats — was sold for $30.06 million at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. At auction, it was the highest price paid for a white diamond and the largest diamond ever sold. It broke the record set in May, when a 101.73-carat, D-color, flawless colorless diamond was sold at Christie’s in Geneva for $26.7 million. Coming up on Nov. 12: Christie’s in Geneva will sell the largest fancy vivid orange diamond ever to appear at auction. Sources: Sotheby’s and Christie’s
Performance Issues: In the 12-month period ended August 2013: • Jewelry sales fell 6.2 percent to $21.39 billion from $22.79 billion, a year earlier. • Bags and luggage sales fell 0.4percent to $13.78 billion from $13.84 billion. • Sales of small leather goods jumped 14.1 percent to $3.33 billion from $2.92 billion. • Sunglasses sales slid 6.7 percent to $3.36 billion versus $3.6 billion a year ago. Source: NPD
“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