WASHINGTON — President Obama signed a $410 billion spending package on Wednesday that boosts the budgets of nine federal agencies this fiscal year and supports a new Vietnam and China apparel import monitoring program.
Obama called the bill “imperfect” because it contains thousands of pet projects of lawmakers, known as earmarks, but he said it was necessary to keep the government running. Obama vowed to place restrictions on the pet projects in future legislation and laid out an outline for reform.
The Senate approved the bill by voice vote on Tuesday night, after clearing a procedural hurdle with a vote of 62 to 35 to end a Republican filibuster. The new spending bill provides an 8 percent increase for nine government agencies, including the Commerce, State, Labor and Treasury Departments, as well as the U.S. Trade Representative’s office.
The bill sparked an outcry among some apparel-importing groups over a provision in an accompanying report that urges the Obama administration to resurrect a Vietnam apparel-monitoring program and expand it to include apparel and textile imports from China. The domestic textile industry, which has lost thousands of jobs in the past decade, has lobbied for new restraints on imports from China and Vietnam, two major U.S. suppliers.
The Vietnam apparel-monitoring program administered by the Commerce Department to evaluate whether goods were being sold in the U.S. below market value or less than the cost of manufacturing, known as dumping, had expired in January.
The bill would also ban Mexican trucks from U.S. highways over environmental and safety concerns by ending a controversial pilot project that allowed 100 Mexican-based truck carriers to travel in the U.S. with reciprocity for U.S. trucks driving in Mexico.
“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