HEARTS ON FIRE NAMES MALONEY: Ellen Maloney has been named vice president of retail at diamond jewelry firm Hearts on Fire. In the new position, Maloney will oversee the direction of the Boston-based firm’s retail operations and expansion. She reports to president Mark Israel. Hearts on Fire recently opened its first U.S. stand-alone store in Atlantic City, N.J. It was previously only sold through wholesale distribution. Maloney has a background in luxury brands including stints at Tiffany & Co., where she held several executive positions. She was most recently vice president and managing director of FRCH Design Worldwide, an architecture and design firm specializing in retail brand identity and prototype design for upmarket expansion efforts.
L.A. PORT TRUCK PLAN: A sweeping environmental program to upgrade trucks at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles has passed a major hurdle. A U.S. district judge in Los Angeles rejected an attempt by the American Trucking Associations to block the program. The so-called Clean Truck Program, scheduled to begin on Oct. 1, would by 2012 rid the ports of an estimated 16,800 trucks that don’t meet 2007 air-quality standards. The goal is to cut diesel emissions by 80 percent. The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, the country’s largest port complex handling 40 percent of its imports, approved the plan last year. The ATA has criticized the program for undercutting small trucking businesses’ ability to service the ports. The trade group, which represents roughly 37,000 motor carriers nationwide, has indicated it will appeal the decision. ICONIX’S CHINA HANDS: Veronica Chou has been named president of Iconix China, the joint venture started by Iconix Brand Group and Silas Chou’s Novel Fashion Brands Ltd. to launch Iconix brands in China. Chou, the daughter of Silas Chou, is a former private banker at Citibank. In addition, Lei Chen has joined the firm as executive vice president, merchandising, for the Asia Pacific region with responsibility for the integration of the Iconix brand portfolio with local partners. The two companies announced plans to launch the Chinese venture in May, with Iconix contributing $5 million and Novel $20 million to the start-up.
“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