The longtime men’swear merchant, who had spent 18 years at the upscale retailer, hasreturned to the company as vice president and divisional merchandisemanager of men’s sportswear.
Most recently, Diego was chiefmerchant at Lividini & Co., where she will be succeeded by AdamLefkowitz as vice president of merchandising and business development.
Diegojoined Saks in 1994 and served as fashion director of women’s footwear,accessories, jewelry and intimate apparel as well as men’s fashiondirector. She was also a buyer of women’s footwear, men’s accessoriesand men’s designer clothing and had been vice president and dmm ofproduct development over the men’s area when she left the store in 2012.While in the product development area, Diego is credited with helpingto launch the SFA Men’s Collection, now the store’s largest men’svendor.
She joined LF USA as chief merchant and senior vicepresident of merchandising in the men’s division for two years beforejoining Lividini & Co. in January.
At Saks, Diego assumes a position that has been open for some time.
AtLividini & Co., Lefkowitz assumes the merchant responsibilities andwill also be charged with developing new business opportunities. Hewill report to Lynette Harrison Brubaker, partner and chief marketingofficer.
Lefkowitz was most recently director of strategicmerchandising and business development for Li & Fung. He has alsobeen with Scoop as a women’s buyer and began his career at Saks where healso bought several women’s categories.
“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