Houston Retailers were closing Thursday and several hundred thousand people began an exodus as Hurricane Ike churned across the Gulf of Mexico and toward the Texas coastline.
Ike is forecast to make landfall between Galveston and Corpus Christi early Saturday as a Category 3 hurricane packing winds as high as 130 miles an hour.
The Houston Galleria, with more than 375 stores and restaurants, closed at 6 p.m. and will remain shut today and Saturday. The mall, owned by Simon Properties, includes Neiman Marcus, Cartier, Gucci, two Macy’s stores, Tiffany & Co., Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom.
“Everyone I know is closed tomorrow for business, and a lot of people downtown closed this afternoon,” said Ashley Pearce, spokeswoman for the Galleria.
Mayor Bill White asked businesses to allow their workers to prepare to evacuate the fourth largest city in the U.S. “This is a big storm,” Gov. Rick Perry said during a press conference Thursday. “I cannot overemphasize the danger that is facing us.”
Wal-Mart was among the chains that were shutting down operations in the region.
“We have five stores and one distribution center already closed and another 25 stores/clubs slated to close tonight,” said Wal-Mart spokesman Dan Fogelman. “We’ll have more than 100 stores close in advance of the storm. An estimated 330 stores will receive tropical-storm force winds from south Texas to Fort Smith, Ark. More than 100 stores are expected to receive hurricane-force winds. Storm-surge projections are also something we are monitoring closely.”
“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