- CROOKE DEPARTS HOT TOPIC: Michael Crooke, who was appointed president of the Hot Topic division of Hot Topic Inc. on June 2, has left the company. Hot Topic did not provide a reason for Crooke's departure and did not return a call for comment on Wednesday. Company chief executive officer Betsy McLaughlin has taken over Crooke's responsibilities. Before joining the City of Industry, Calif.-based retailer, Crooke served as president and ceo of Patagonia Inc. and its parent company, Lost Arrow Corp.
- WAL-MART DISABILITY BIAS CASE: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York upheld a $7.5 million jury verdict against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which was accused of discriminating against Patrick Brady, who has cerebral palsy. A Wal-Mart spokeswoman said the company was reviewing the decision. "We believe in respecting the dignity of every individual and do not tolerate any form of discrimination," she said. On Monday, a U.S. District Court judge in Minnesota ordered Wal-Mart to pay $6.5 million to compensate workers for missed breaks and off-the-clock work. Civil penalties for that case could run as high as $2 billion and will be decided at a jury trial in October.
- NEW DUCKWALL CEO: Lawrence Zigerelli, former chief executive officer of Levitz Furniture, has joined Duckwall-ALCO Stores Inc., the Midwestern general merchandise chain, as president and ceo. Donny Johnson, the chief financial officer who served as interim ceo since Bruce Dale's departure in February, has resumed his role as cfo and added the title of executive vice president. A longtime Procter & Gamble executive, Zigerelli joined CVS Corp. as executive vice president of corporate development in 1999 before moving to Meijir Inc. as senior vice president of marketing and merchandising in 2002. He was promoted to president three years later and joined Levitz in January 2007.
“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