GENEVA — Apparel production in developing countries increased 3.8 percent in the second quarter of 2012 compared with the same period last year, with Turkey and India posting declines and China a marked slowdown in growth on slow demand in recession-hit Europe, a United Nations report said.
“The decrease in demand for consumer goods in external markets has to some extent altered the growth patterns of developing economies,” it said.
Apparel production in India fell 6.2 percent, in Turkey it dropped 2.7 percent and in the world’s biggest producer, China, growth slowed to 6.3 percent, down from 10 percent expansion registered in the first quarter, the report said.
Speaking at a regional meeting of the World Economic Forum in Tianjin, China, last month, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said his country’s economy “is under notable downward pressure,” but added it will still meet the official growth target of 7.5 percent in 2012.
Industrialized nations also posted decreases in apparel output in the second quarter, including a 9 percent drop in Italy and a 2 percent decline in the U.S., said the report by the Vienna-based U.N. Industrial Development Organization.
Global apparel production grew 0.2 percent in the period, with output increasing 3.8 percent in developing nations and declining 6.1 percent in industrialized countries.
However, global textile output delivered better results, with world production increasing 3.9 percent. Developing countries notched a 7.9 percent growth rate, but industrialized nations saw output fall 4.7 percent. Bucking the trend, the U.S. managed a 1.6 percent gain in the quarter.
“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