BALI AREA: 2,147 square miles (seven times the size of New York City), measuring 55 miles north to south and less than 90 miles east to west.
LARGEST TOWN AND ADMINISTRATIVE CENTER: Denpasar, with a population over 370,000.
INDONESIA POPULATION (2008 est.): 237.5 million
NUMBER OF VISITORS (2007): 2.1 million
KEY INDUSTRIES: Crafts, apparel, furniture, accessories, hotels, tourism and farming.
MAIN APPAREL EXPORT MARKET: Japan
TOP BALINESE FASHION FIRMS: Uluwatu, Animale, Paul Ropp and Mama Leon.
RETAIL RENT: $4.45 a square foot and up annually, depending on location.
EXCHANGE RATE: U.S. $1 = 9,086.50 Indonesian rupiah
LOCATION: An island in the Republic of Indonesia, Bali is south of the equator between Java in the West and Lombok and the Lesser Sunda Islands in the East.
FLYING TIME FROM BALI:
To Jakarta: 1.5 hours
To Singapore and Perth, Australia: 2.5 to 3 hours
To Hong Kong: 4.5 hours
To Sydney/Melbourne: 5.5 to 6 hours
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES: 68 to 93 degrees, year-round.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel rooms cost $20 for a basic room to $700 to $1,200 a day for cottages with private pool and five-star service around the clock.
EATING OUT: Breakfast is $8 to $30, lunch or dinner is $20 to $80 or more per person. At open food stalls, meals are just a few thousand rupiah.
• Bali has a chain of six volcanoes ranging west to east. Beaches in the south have white sand, while beaches in other parts of the island are covered with gray or black volcanic sand.
• Textiles, garments and handicrafts are home industries that are the backbone of Bali’s economy, providing 300,000 jobs with exports growing 15 percent annually to more than $400 million. Textiles and garments represent 45 percent of Bali’s income from exports.
• The large majority of the population are Hindus, but the number of Muslims is increasing as people from other areas of Indonesia seek work in Bali. Most people live in coastal areas in the south.
SOURCES: BPS (CENTRAL BUREAU OF STATISTICS) BALI OFFICE, XE CURRENCY SITE, CIA WORLD FACTBOOK, BALIGUIDE.COM, BALISPECIAL.COM, BALITOURISMBOARD.ORG.
“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