PARIS — Despite an increase in the number of leading female executives, many still struggle with the notion of “power” and the masculine stereotypes it entails, according to a recent study.
French business school ESSEC’s senior professor Viviane de Beaufort, sponsored by global headhunting firm Boyden, went beyond quotas and into the world of women business leaders and their relationship with power.
“The problem is not with women’s skills, but with habits and behavior,” de Beaufort said at a lunch to reveal the results of the study. “Women are ill at ease with the masculine vision of power imposed on them.”
The 50 women executives and politicians interviewed for the study from around the world shared a sense of the responsibility, rather than the power, of their roles, including a duty to participate in changing the corporate or political system and greater respect for rules and principles, she said.
She said that such perspectives, coupled with the arrival of Generation Y in positions of power, were likely to change how corporate structures manage power in the future.
The study is set to be presented at the eighth edition of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society in Deauville, France, which opens Wednesday and groups together female leaders from around the world.
In a separate announcement, international management board watchdog Ethics & Boards saidthat as of Sept. 30, women accounted for 23.9 percent of the advisory boards and 8.9 percent of the executive committees of France’s CAC 40-listed companies.
“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