- MEDAL CONTENDER: Valérie Hermann is making room on her mantelpiece for yet another accolade. The Yves Saint Laurent boss jetted to Courchevel, the French Alps ski resort, last weekend for the annual Les Femmes en Or (Women in Gold) gala where she picked up a trophy for her achievements in business. In July, she received a chevalier medal, one of France's highest honors. - YARN PRODUCTION GAINS: Global yarn production rose 1.7 percent in the second quarter of 2007, because of higher output in North America, Europe and Asia, according to a report from the International Textile Manufacturers Federation. The Zurich-based ITMF, an umbrella group for national textile associations in more than 30 major textile nations, said production increased 10.2 percent in North America, 2.7 percent in Europe and 0.9 percent in Asia, but declined 4.6 percent in South America. In the same period, global fabric production posted an increase of 2.6 percent, with Europe, Asia and South America registering increases of 0.1 percent, 1.9 percent and 11.4 percent, respectively. Output in North America fell 1.3 percent, the ITMF noted. Global yarn stock levels were up 2.4 percent and reached the highest level in the past three years, while world fabric inventories advanced in the second quarter 0.2 percent.
- KATHRYN CONOVER HIRE: Dress label Kathryn Conover has tapped Tony Brown as vice president of sales and creative director. Most recently national sales manager for Max & Cleo, Brown has worked in sales for Ralph Lauren, Sean John, Laundry, Donna Ricco and Gillian. Based in New York, Brown reports to Marty Pitiger, president of the Ronni Nicole Group, Kathryn Conover's parent company.
- STYLE GRAB: The first fashion social networking site, StyleDiary of Los Angeles, has been acquired by social shopping and book marketing site Stylehive of San Francisco for an undisclosed amount of cash and stock. The sites will continue to develop separately and make use of each other's features. StyleDiary founder Patricia Handschiegel will join Stylehive as its West Coast bureau chief, working on a mix of fashion content and community development. StyleDiary co-owner and chief technology officer Will Kapke will support the site through the transition but will not stay. StyleDiary lets users from around the world post profiles and photos of their outfits every day. Stylehive allows users to bookmark stylish objects they see online and share them with friends.
“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