- GUCCI AWARD: Gucci America Inc. and Chloé SAS were awarded $2 million as part of a final order and judgment on consent against HGL Enterprises, EZDesignerReplicas.com, DesignerReplicas.HighPowerSites.com, Henry Leizgold, Linda Leizgold and other unspecified defendants on Dec. 7. In addition to damages, the judgment established a permanent injunction against the defendants forbidding them to make, market or sell goods that infringed on Gucci or Chloé trademarks. Gucci and Chloé charged the defendants with selling counterfeit products online. Manhattan federal judge Richard Berman presided over the case. The initial complaint and a temporary restraining order were filed in June.
- EU TRADE CHIEF HITS CHINA: European Union Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson said Thursday that he intends to throw the weight of the 27-nation bloc behind the European textile industry's demands for better market access around the world and for tougher action against counterfeiting, especially by China. He estimated that counterfeiting and market access barriers in China were combining to cost European businesses 55 million euros, or more than $80 million at current exchange, a day in foregone sales. Speaking to the European Parliament, Mandelson said the EU textile and apparel industry "is going through a long period of structural change." He said European companies doing well, however, are not taking the mass producers head-on, but instead are investing in technology and quality.
“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