The World Retail Congress, an industry event to be held in Barcelona April 9 through 11, has revealed several key finalists for its World Retail Awards.
Winners will be selected by a group of 14 chief executives at the WRC and will be unveiled at a dinner during the conference.
Contenders for Marketing Campaign of the Year are J.C. Penney Co. Inc.'s "Every Day Matters"; OfficeMax, for "ElfYourself Holiday"; Saks Fifth Avenue's "Want It!," and Target Corp.'s "Style for Less."
J.C. Penney and REI were on the short list for Employer of the Year.
Finalists for demonstrating corporate responsibility in such areas as the environment, social causes, community awareness and ethical sourcing included Tesco, Woolworths SA and Carrefour.
Later this month, the short list of nominees for Retailer of the Year and Multi Market Retailer of the Year, as well as three inductees to the World Retail Hall of Fame, will be released.
Finalists were determined through an online contest soliciting entries from retailers.
"The World Retail Awards are a chance for the global retail community to applaud brands with the most innovative concepts, campaigns and environments," stated World Retail Congress director Ian McGarrigle. "We are delighted that retailers from nearly 40 countries entered the awards and that the finalists represent some of the very best global operators in retailing today."
Among the keynote speakers scheduled are Sir Philip Green, owner of Topshop, and Paul R. Charron, chairman emeritus of Liz Claiborne Inc.
Others scheduled to speak at the event include Sally Jewell, president and chief executive officer of REI; Matthew Rubel, president and ceo of Collective Brands; Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, group president, the Estée Lauder Cos.; Richard Baker, chairman of Lord & Taylor; Joe Gromek, president and ceo of Warnaco; Brendan Hoffman, president of Neiman Marcus Direct; Alan G. Hassenfeld, chairman of Hasbro; Christopher Lee, senior vice president of Forever 21; Myron E. Ullman 3rd, chairman and ceo of J.C. Penney; Trudy F. Sullivan, president and ceo of The Talbots Inc., and Dana Telsey, ceo of Telsey Advisory Group.The World Retail Awards are sponsored by Oracle.
“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