- WATTS TO QVC: Claire Watts, former vice president of merchandising at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., will join QVC Inc. on Jan. 7 and become president of U.S. commerce in May. Watts will oversee planning, programming, merchandising, broadcasting, TV sales and QVC.com for the U.S. operation. She will report to Mike George, president and chief executive officer of QVC. While Watts is credited with weeding out dated brands, building up Wal-Mart's product development division and opening a Manhattan trend office, she was also the architect of an unsuccessful plan to bring trendier and pricier fashions and home decor to Wal-Mart. She resigned in July after a decade at the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer. She began her career in the May Co.'s executive training program. Watts subsequently held senior merchandising and product positions at Paul Harris, the Limited and Lands' End.
- PLAYING DEFENSE: A federal agency group, including the Commerce Department's Office of Textiles and Apparel, has launched a Web site intended to make it easier for American apparel and textile manufacturers to get information on the often-complicated rules of the Berry Amendment, a law that requires the Department of Defense to buy domestically produced apparel and textiles unless products are not made in the U.S. or in cases of national security. Defense contracts are vital to the U.S. textile and apparel industry, which produces products ranging from uniforms to tents and boots for the military. The DOD bought more than $2.2 billion in fiscal 2006 in apparel and textiles, according to government estimates. The Web site is otexa.ita.doc.gov/berry.htm.
“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