DDF HIRE: Laura Preston has joined Doctor's Dermatologic Formula (DDF) as vice president of retail sales. Preston, who has spent 12 years in the beauty industry, most recently served as vice president of sales at Paula Dorf. Preston will be...
DDF HIRE: Laura Preston has joined Doctor's Dermatologic Formula (DDF) as vice president of retail sales. Preston, who has spent 12 years in the beauty industry, most recently served as vice president of sales at Paula Dorf. Preston will be responsible for all retail negotiations at DDF, as well as in-store activities and retail expansion both domestically and abroad. Previously, DDF cofounder Elaine Linker handled those duties. According to Linker, there are no set expansion goals but the clinically oriented skin care brand is eyeing new distribution in "high-end" chain or independent specialty stores. In addition to 1,500 U.S. spas, DDF is carried chainwide at Sephora, in 24 Nordstrom doors and at Fred Segal Essentials. Internationally, DDF is sold at Harvey Nichols and Boots the Chemists' Pure Beauty concept in the U.K.BEAUTY AT PURPLESKIRT.COM: Robin Coe-Hutshing, founder and creative director of Fred Segal Essentials, has been tapped as Purpleskirt.com's creative director for beauty. The Los Angeles-based fashion e-tail site launched beauty products last fall. Coe-Hutshing will oversee the expansion of the Web site's cosmetics, bath and body and fragrance offerings. Currently, Purpleskirt.com carries approximately two dozen brands, including Anastasia, Delux Beauty, Kai, Linda Cantello, Tocca, and Christian Celle Calypso.AIRTIGHT: Designer Kenneth Cole has confirmed plans this fall to initiate the "Stir the Air" fund--a charitable-giving program established to benefit select charitableorganizations and community services--in conjunction with the launch of his eponymous line of fragrances. The first programs will include initiatives with the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR) and HELP USA, the nation's largest provider for housing, jobs and services for the homeless, amongst others.
“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