- NEW LACOSTE CEO: Lacoste has appointed Christophe Chenut as chief executive officer, a new post, marking a reorganization of the French sportswear firm's management. Chenut, 49, joins Lacoste from French sports newspaper L'Equipe, where he was managing director. Previously, he was president of the Stade de Reims soccer club. Chenut will start April 1. His nomination comes two years after the death of Bernard Lacoste, the affable businessman who helped transform the brand into a global player. Since Bernard Lacoste's death, his brother Michel Lacoste, 65, who is also a son of the brand's founder, tennis legend Rene Lacoste, has served as the firm's chairman, a role in which he will continue.
- TALBOTS TARGETS WAGNER: As part of its efforts to strengthen and reposition the Talbots brand, Lori Wagner on Friday was named to the new position of chief marketing officer, Talbots said. Wagner will be responsible for advertising, catalogue development, direct marketing and customer service. Wagner will be based in the company's New York office where she'll work closely with Talbots chief creative officer Michael Smaldone. As chief marketing officer of the Talbots brand, she will report to president and chief executive officer Trudy Sullivan. On matters relating to Talbots direct business, she will report to chief operating officer Phil Kowalczyk. Wagner was most recently chief marketing officer at Cole Haan.
“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