- LAUDER NAMES LANDAU: The Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. has named Agnes M. Landau senior vice president of global marketing for its Clinique division, succeeding Jane Lauder, who was recently named senior vice president and general manager of Origins, which is also owned by Lauder. Landau, who will officially take the post July 1, is currently senior vice president of makeup and promotional marketing for Clinique. She has previously worked as vice president of global promotional marketing at Clinique and, prior to that, was the brand's vice president of global fragrance, body and men's. Before joining Lauder in 1999, Landau was vice president of marketing in Revlon Inc.'s Almay division. She has also previously worked at Avon Products Inc. She will report to Lynne Greene, president of Clinique Worldwide.
- MCDONALD RETIREMENT: Mackey McDonald will retire as chairman and a director of VF Corp. on Aug. 1, ending his 25-year career with the jeans and sportswear giant. Eric Wiseman, who succeeded McDonald as chief executive officer on Jan. 1, will succeed him as chairman and retain the title of president, as well. McDonald, 61, served as chairman for 10 years and as ceo for 11 years. Wiseman, 52, said his predecessor's "impact on VF will last well beyond his presence. He led the successful transformation of VF into a dynamic lifestyle brand company well positioned for future growth, and, perhaps most importantly, he helped build a unique, performance-driven culture."
- ANDREW MARC GETS FOOTING: G-III Apparel Group Ltd. has lined up its first license for the Andrew Marc brand — a footwear arrangement with the Camuto Group slated to begin with fall 2009 retail selling. The deal will run through Jan. 31, 2031. Morris Goldfarb, G-III's chairman and chief executive officer, said, "We are excited to begin the broader development of the Andrew Marc and Marc New York branded businesses which hold an excellent position in upscale specialty retailers and department stores." G-III acquired Andrew Marc from Gordon Brothers Group in February.
“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