Amazon’s stock is down slightly after an early morning Tweet by President Donald Trump alluded to “harm” the company is causing to retailers.Around 6 a.m., President Trump tweeted to his 36 million followers: “Amazon is doing great damages to tax paying retailers. Towns, cities and states throughout the U.S. are being hurt — many jobs being lost!” It was his first tweet of the day.[protected-iframe id="f0cdcaf0be6041a7c4649fffb937fe26-81433431-46640467" info="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" class="twitter-tweet"]Shares of Amazon fell 0.79 percent in the first hour of trading. A representative of the company could not be reached for comment.This is not the first time President Trump has taken to Twitter to call out Amazon in relation to taxes, but it remains unclear whether he’s taking issue with the company's collection of sales tax, which it does in every U.S. state with such laws, or its payment of taxes to the government.A White House representative could not be reached to clarify the president’s position.An earlier Amazon-related tweet came at the end of July, when the president questioned whether “Fake News Washington Post being used as a lobbyist weapon against Congress to keep Politicians from looking into Amazon no-tax monopoly?”Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon, in 2013 bought the Washington Post and the paper has been openly critical of the Trump administration.After the president on Tuesday pivoted away from his brief denunciation of white nationalists and supremacists that gathered in Virginia ostensibly to protest the removal of a statute of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and violently clashed with counter-protesters, the Washington Post published articles saying he “lashed out defensively” and made it clear “he sides with the alt-right.”The paper has also been the frequent receiver of internal White House leaks, which President Trump has publicly decried as illegal, while also claiming Washington Post stories about the administration are “fabricated” and “fake news.” President Trump has been linking Amazon and the Washington Post, which are operated separately, with Tweets that go back to December 2015, about six months after he formally launched his campaign.“The @washington post, which loses a fortune, is owned by @JeffBezos for purposes of keeping taxes down at his no profit company, @amazon,” then Candidate Trump wrote.The same day he tweeted that Bezos uses the news outlet as a deduction, allowing him to “screw public on low taxation,” and said the paper was a “big tax shelter.”[protected-iframe id="ac14e42560387a79a3bbc48741511a5c-81433431-46640467" info="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" class="twitter-tweet"]More recently, President Trump wrote “The #AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying internet taxes (which they should) is fake news!” But it’s been more than 18 months since President Trump has included Bezos in any of his comments criticizing Amazon and the Washington Post.Bezos still serves as a member of the American Technology Council formed by President Trump and led by his son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner as part of plans to “modernize” government operations.Bezos has been publicly unperturbed by the President’s attacks, but executives of some other well known corporations are starting to separate themselves from administration.Doug McMillon, chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and a member of the White House Manufacturing Advisory Council, on Tuesday posted a statement to the company's website saying Trump’s response to the violent protests in Virginia “missed a critical opportunity to help bring our country together.” Under Armour ceo Kevin Plank left the council on Monday, saying he will “continue to focus my efforts on inspiring every person that they can do anything through the power of sport which promotes unity, diversity and inclusion.”Trump on Tuesday tweeted “For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place. Grandstanders should not have gone on. JOBS!”For More, See:Trump Orders Probe Into China’s Intellectual Property PracticesFall Opening Planned for Ivanka TrumpCollection Store in Trump TowerRetail Spending More to Lobby Trump Administration
“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