Estée Lauder has a colorful collaboration up its sleeve: a two-season, limited-edition assortment of makeup bags as a gift-with-purchase program with preppy staple Lilly Pulitzer, which bowed this week.
“Style is in our DNA, and bringing two iconic brands together to create something really fun and timeless made perfect sense to us,” said Jane Hertzmark Hudis, global president of the Estée Lauder brand, noting that the brand’s namesake had a vacation home in Palm Beach. “This is heritage done with fun.”
Added Lilly Pulitzer president James Bradbeer: “Optimism and an upbeat spirit are in vogue. This project puts [together] two American icons — Estée Lauder and Lilly Pulitzer, female entrepreneurs who built long-lasting businesses.”
The program will run during the spring and summer months in 2013. The spring gwp line kicks off this week at Lord & Taylor, and will be followed by esteelauder.com on Feb. 4, Dillards on Feb. 12, The Bay in Canada on Feb. 27, Macy’s on March 5, Belk on April 1, Bloomingdale’s on April 2, Sears Canada on April 4 and Bon Ton and Nordstrom on April 16. The summer program begins at Dillard’s on May 12, Lord & Taylor on May 19, Sears Canada on May 20, Macy’s on May 27 and Belk and Bon Ton on June 1.
Bradbeer noted that the eight prints are all unique and were customized for each retailer. Retailer response was enthusiastic enough, he noted, that what was originally supposed to be a spring gwp only was extended in some retailers to include summer.
Bradbeer also noted that the company’s unabashedly colorful products have been “moving very effectively.” While he didn’t offer specifics, he added that the base business is “growing high double-digits.” The brand was acquired by Oxford Industries in the fall of 2010.
“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