“You have to want to compete,” says Philip Shearer, Groupe Clarins’ chief executive officer, with a laugh. But don’t let the guffaw fool you: That philosophy shapes all elements of his life, from work to play—not least marathon running.
The 58-year-old Shearer has jogged recreationally for almost three decades, and tackled his first marathon eight years ago. “Everyone tells you you’ve got to run a marathon,” he says. He has since notched up eight marathons and dozens of shorter races.
Shearer jogs for enjoyment, to relax, to be outside and to stay fit. Often, his courses are themed (like around Paris monuments) and altogether, he’s jogged in 42 countries.
For training, Shearer generally clocks 30 to 40 miles and works out with a coach two to three times a week. His fastest time ever is a 6:26 mile, achieved during an 8K race.
“Whenever I can, I do races,” he says, adding his goal is to place in his age group. Shearer’s fastest marathon time so far is three hours and 17 minutes, in Virginia Beach in 2001, while his most enjoyable was the Boston Marathon last May. Hardest was the hot and crowded 2005 New York City Marathon. With cramps himself, Shearer physically supported an ailing fellow runner for the last half mile.
He values sport for the goals it instills. “Jacques Courtin-Clarins said, ‘Do more, do better and enjoy doing it,’ ” says Shearer, citing Clarins’ founder. “Sport is all about this. You try to push yourself, stay within the limits of what you can do and stay focused. And I think this applies to every day’s work in a company. Now, for luxury brands especially, driving a business is like running a marathon.”
He explains it’s key to train and know how to conserve energy. “You have to think twice before you do something, then you have to know when to push yourself and you have got to choose your battles,” says Shearer. “When you race, you have a strategy—you don’t just go out there to see what’s going to happen, especially in a marathon. If not, you’ll never finish.”
“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