- TAHARI DEPARTURE: Husein Jafferjee, Elie Tahari Ltd.'s executive vice president and chief operating officer, is leaving the company Feb. 1. Jafferjee has been with Tahari for eight years. The company has started the search for his successor, expected to be named soon.
- SHAREHOLDER SUPPORTS KELLWOOD: In the public struggle for ownership of Kellwood Co., the St. Louis-based vendor just got a vote cast for rejecting Sun Capital Securities Group's unsolicited $21 a share tender offer. The support came in a letter Friday from Towle & Co., a St. Louis-based portfolio manager that controls more than 500,000 shares — or about 2 percent — of Kellwood common stock and has for "many years." Calling Sun's bid "low-ball" and "an insult to you and your thousands of hard-working employees," president J. Ellwood Towle asked Kellwood's board to fight the hostile takeover. "It's simply not right to sell Kellwood in 2007 at 1996 prices," said the letter, originally dated after Sun's first offer and resent last week. "Sun strikes when Kellwood is most vulnerable." Towle's letter follows one last week from Discovery Group, an institutional money manager that holds a 1.5 percent stake in Kellwood, which said it intends to submit its 391,100 shares of Kellwood stock to the Sun offer.
- LAUREN'S CANCER CENTER: The Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention will open a new 2,700-square-foot endoscopy wing in Manhattan's Harlem, made possible by a $2.5 million gift from the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation. The wing will be used to perform colonoscopy screenings as well as other endoscopic procedures. Ralph Lauren, chairman and chief executive officer of Polo, will participate in the dedication ceremony on Jan. 28 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Ralph Lauren Center at 1919 Madison Avenue.
“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