NEW YORK — What does it take to be a successful leader in today’s change-in-a-blink world? That is the focus of the 16th WWD Apparel & Retail CEO Summit at The Plaza hotel here, and the range of speakers had some common answers: a micro-focus on detail, passion about product, not being afraid to break the rules — and a loathing of bureaucracy.
Ron Johnson J.C. Penney’s chairman and ceo has a New Year’s resolution: Penney’s in 2013 will become “a happening place.”
Millard 'Mickey' Drexler As ceo of J. Crew Group and, before that, Gap Inc., Drexler's much-dissected and heralded career has been guided by a deceptively simple retail philosophy.
Kirsten Gillibrand New York's junior Democratic senator has some lofty goals, among them to fill the U.S. Senate with a majority of women.
Andrew Rosen Having grown up on Seventh Avenue, the third-generation industry leader has seen the industry from many vantage points.
Gary Hamel A professor from the London Business School and director at the Management Innovation Exchange, Hamel looks at how business structures are evolving.
Huang Hung The ceo of China Interactive Media Group makes the case that the Chinese middle class is not so different from its American counterpart after all.
Nathalie Remy The McKinsey & Co. principal offered insights on “Navigating the Fashion World, City by City, to Unleash Growth.”
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“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