NEW YORK — Jones Apparel Group has realigned its marketing department, promoting Stacy Lastrina to senior vice president of marketing and expanding Ross Klein’s responsibilities to include the Lauren by Ralph Lauren and Ralph by Ralph...
NEW YORK — Jones Apparel Group has realigned its marketing department, promoting Stacy Lastrina to senior vice president of marketing and expanding Ross Klein’s responsibilities to include the Lauren by Ralph Lauren and Ralph by Ralph Lauren brands.
Benny Lin, executive vice president and creative director, has resigned and his position has been eliminated, the company said Monday. Reached at his home, Lin declined comment on why he left the company. He had been with Jones for almost seven years, and was responsible for marketing, advertising, public relations and in-store shops for Jones’ better sportswear collections, including Jones New York, Ralph by Ralph Lauren and Lauren by Ralph Lauren, as well as the Evan-Picone and Nine West sportswear lines.
Anita Britt, executive vice president of finance, said the restructuring is meant to make the marketing department more focused, with one person in charge of Jones’ brands and another on Polo brands.
"It’s to have one single focus as a company, so there are two groups, with Stacy Lastrina overseeing the non-Polo group and Ross Klein overseeing the Polo brands and coordination with Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation," Britt said.
Klein will continue to report to Bubbles Bott, president of Polo Jeans, while Lastrina will continue to report to Rhonda Brown, president and chief executive officer of Nine West Group, as well as group presidents of the other Jones brands.
“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
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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