In 2005, Jean Hoehn Zimmerman retired from Chanel after 27 years, finishing her impressive tenure as executive vice president of sales and marketing for fragrance and beauté. Retirement, however, didn’t last long. These days, she’s doing double duty, as chairman of Sprayology, where she is also a minority investor, and as executive at large for Oscar de la Renta’s fragrance business. Hoehn Zimmerman was attracted to Sprayology, a line of homeopathic oral sprays sold in about 300 spa doors, by the entrepreneurial spirit of founding sisters Patti Connell and Ellie Whalen. “The company is really almost ahead of its time,” she says. “While homeopathy is known and practiced all over the world, there isn’t as much awareness in the U.S. as there is elsewhere.” Hoehn Zimmerman hopes to take Sprayology to a shopping channel, such as HSN or QVC, in the near future. “It’s the ideal medium to teach and educate,” she says. Her second gig, with de la Renta, is “like going home again. It’s like the old days at Chanel, where things can get done very quickly,” she says. “There aren’t 900 layers of people, no three directors battling over this point or that.” In fact, that’s one of the things Hoehn Zimmerman likes most, but she admits it’s not without challenges of its own: “It’s lots of fun working with little guys because you can get things done faster, but also not as easy because you may have the ideas but not access to the money to implement them.”
“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