Kenneth E. Randel, a veteran of the apparel industry, died of a cerebral hemorrhage on Aug. 11 at Westbury Hospital in Westbury, Conn., said his daughter, Jane. He was 80.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Randel served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947, when he was based in the Philippines as a military police officer. He graduated from New York University’s School of Commerce in 1951 with a degree in business marketing and management.
Randel then spent over 30 years at United Merchants and Manufacturers Inc., where he began as a salesman in the Ameritex division responsible for selling men’s and boys’ shirting fabrics to the Canadian market, as well as men’s and boys’ outerwear and pants to the New York market. He left the company in 1982 as corporate vice president and division head of the firm’s Apparel Fabrics Group. From 1982 until 1997, Randel worked at Teijin ShojiInc., a Japanese trading company, in its New York offices. There, he was a vice president of textile marketing.
In addition to his daughter Jane, vice president of corporate communications at Liz Claiborne Inc., Randel is survived by his wife, Elaine, and two other daughters, Susan and Lauren. He is also survived by his brother, Victor; sons-in-law Americo Carrasco, Alex Chartove and Charles Kliment and seven grandchildren.
“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
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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