- BERGLASS APPOINTMENTS: Berglass + Associates has promoted Matthew Berglass to president and Cynthia Aherne to executive vice president. They were both senior associates. Also, Jeannie Amos was promoted to vice president from associate. An executive committee has been formed to work on strategic, operational and executional issues. It includes Aherne, Berglass, and his father, Les Berglass, chairman. Berglass + Associates has long specialized in the retail arena, but has expanded into the restaurant, beauty, airlines, Internet, appliances, luxury goods and not-for-profit sectors.
- WHITE TO UNITED: Redcats USA named The Wet Seal Inc. alum Gary White chief executive officer of its United Retail Group plus-size specialty store business. White will stay on at Wet Seal, where he is chief operating officer, until he officially takes charge of United on March 24, working from the company's Rochelle Park, N.J., offices. Raphael Benaroya, who was ceo when Redcats acquired United in the fall and stayed on during the transition, will remain a consultant to Redcats.
- GARAGE SALE: PPR, which owns Gucci Group, on Tuesday said it sold the Polish operations of its Conforama furniture chain to France's Leroy Merlin for 45 million euros, or $66.7 million at current exchange. Conforama generated 24 million euros, or $36.6 million, in sales last year in Poland. PPR recently sold several of its less profitable businesses, including the Printemps department store and Orcanta lingerie chain.
- NYGARD TO CLOSE LAST FACTORY: Nygård Mfg. is closing the last of its sewing plants, a facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on May 16, blaming the decision on a shortage of fabric. About 250 workers will lose their jobs. The company said the fabric needed for its Feathertouch pants is no longer being manufactured in North America and the company is looking for an offshore supplier to produce the style. The strength of the Canadian dollar was also a factor in the company's decision to close the plant. Nygård will continue to employ about 900 people in its Winnipeg design, retail and IT operations. Nygård stores and tailoring shops also will remain open.
“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