- ASIAN GROWTH TO MODERATE: Emerging economies in the Asia-Pacific region are forecast to have a moderation in growth to 7.7 percent in 2008, down from 8.2 percent last year, as a result of the U.S. economic downturn, a United Nations report predicted. China and India are expected to be the least impacted and to notch above-average growth, with China's economy growing 10.7 percent, down from 11.4 percent last year, on the strength of exports. India is estimated to maintain growth this year at 9 percent, the same as 2007. But the U.N.'s "Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2008" warned the U.S. housing credit crisis "is still unraveling" and could result in further turmoil in financial markets. A sharp downturn could severely hit Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea, triggered by falls in exports to the U.S., and also hurt exports from Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia. - VF PROMOTES BAXTER: VF Corp. has promoted Scott Baxter to president of the company's $988 million imagewear coalition. Baxter, 43, replaces Ed Doran, who has departed. Baxter joined VF in November 2007 as president of the imagewear segment's activewear division, which markets apparel for the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, National Basketball Association and Harley-Davidson. He will report to Eric Wiseman, president and chief executive officer.
“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