- A GOOD COS: Sweden's Hennes and Mauritz on Wednesday said it would open its first COS store in Paris. Opening in March, the unit will be located at 4 Rue des Rosiers, in the trendy Marais district. H&M launched COS, a more upscale, fashion-driven brand, earlier this year as part of its efforts to diversify in the highly competitive European fast-fashion market. Before yearend, COS plans to open stores in Antwerp, Belgium, and Copenhagen, giving it 11 units in total.
- LORO PIANA EXEC: Patrick Adent has joined Loro Piana as senior vice president of wholesale. He will report to Pier Luigi Guerci, chief executive officer of Loro Piana USA. Adent had a nine-year tenure at Giorgio Armani, most recently as vice president of merchandising for Emporio Armani. Previously, he held several key positions, including overseeing all Giorgio Armani wholesale sales for the men's, women's and accessories divisions. Adent also was a senior account executive at Alberta Ferretti and Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, and was part of the group that launched Etro in the U.S.
- PUMA CEO: Puma AG's supervisory board has extended chairman and chief executive officer Jochen Zeitz's contract through 2012. Zeitz, 44, was appointed chairman and ceo in 1993. In addition, Puma board member Melody Harris-Jensbach, 46, has been tapped as deputy ceo, responsible for product, product development, design, business unit management and worldwide sourcing for Puma's retail business. Effective Jan. 1, Harris-Jensbach will succeed Martin Gänsler, who is retiring.
- CONCEPT ONE GROWS: Licensing firm Concept One Accessories, home to Helen Welsh accessories and Sean John headwear, signed a lease for new corporate headquarters at 119 West 40th Street in Manhattan. The space spans 31,000 square feet on two floors. The company is beginning the process of designing and building the office, which is estimated will take about five months to complete and cost over $2 million. The expected move-in date is April 1.
“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