H&M REPORTS: Hennes & Mauritz reported Monday that its sales in November accelerated 14 percent thanks to store openings. The Swedish fast-fashion giant said same-store revenues inched up 1 percent versus November 2006. For its full fiscal year ended Nov. 30, H&M's sales increased 17 percent, or 5 percent on a same-store basis. H&M said it had 1,522 doors as of Nov. 30 compared with 1,345 in the year-ago period.
GOTTSCHALKS' WIDER LOSS: Gottschalks Inc. widened its loss in the third-quarter to $4.1 million, or 30 cents a diluted share, from a loss of $2.7 million, or 17 cents, last year. Sales for the quarter declined 7 percent to $137.4 million from $147.9 million, while same-store sales fell 5.1 percent. The company sited difficulty in its California stores due to home mortgages impacting the consumer. Gottschalks expects fourth-quarter earnings in the range of 40 cents to 50 cents a diluted share.
TALMAGE TAPPED FOR SOLSTICE: Safilo Group has appointed Rick Talmage as chief operating officer of Solstice Marketing Concepts, a privately held subsidiary of the global eyewear manufacturer. Talmage was previously vice president of retail development and global e-commerce at Tumi. He will oversee Solstice's day-to-day operations and growth of its two luxury sunwear specialty chains: Solstice Sunglass Boutique and Sunsights by Solstice, as well as Solstice Sunglass Outlet stores. He joins the firm on Jan. 7 and will report to Claudio Gottardi, chief executive officer of Safilo Group and Solstice Marketing Concepts.
FARM BILL PASSED: The Senate passed a $286 billion farm bill last week Friday by a vote of 79 to 14, that reestablishes some federal subsidies for textile mills and maintains subsidy programs for cotton farmers. The House passed a farm bill in July and the two must now be reconciled and sent to President Bush to sign. Bush has threatened to veto the bill, saying it is too expensive and doesn't go far enough in cutting subsidy programs. Brazil won a World Trade Organization case against U.S. cotton subsidy programs three years ago by arguing they were illegal and cost its farmers $600 million in lost sales. The U.S. abolished a key farm program that provided $2.4 billion worth of subsidies, but a WTO panel recently ruled the U.S. did not go far enough. Pending appeal, Brazil could have the right to retaliate with as much as $1 billion a year in sanctions.
“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