With mall traffic and consumer spending tepid, stores and brands must“ignite the customer experience.” That’s the theme of the next GlobalRetailing Conference of the University of Arizona’s Terry J. LundgrenCenter for Retailing, April 10 to 11 at Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson,Ariz.
It’s a forum for retail, brand and technology executivesas well as academics and students to generate insights and discuss bestpractices and innovation.
“The pace of change has never been asrapid as it is today. Leading retailers and brand marketers are lookingdifferently at how they attract and retain customers and how theydevelop the talent needed for the future,” said Terry J. Lundgren,chairman, president and chief executive officer of Macy’s Inc., who willdeliver opening remarks.
Also scheduled to speak: Bobbi Brown,founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics; Ken Langone, founder/ceo of InvemedAssociates and cofounder of Home Depot; Walter Robb, co-ceo, WholeFoods; Jeanne Jackson, Nike’s president of product and merchandising;Brian David Johnson, futurist with Intel Corp.; Harvey Kanter, presidentand ceo of Blue Nile; Michael P. Kercheval, president and ceo of theInternational Council of Shopping Centers; Blake Irving, ceo, GoDaddy;Tom Litchford, vice president of retail strategies, National RetailFederation; Richard McDonald, senior vice president of global marketing,Fender Guitars; Nadia Shouraboura, founder and ceo of Hointer; RomanTsunder, ceo of PTTOW; Ashlee Aldridge, senior vice president, chiefinformation officer and chief integration officer, GolfsmithInternational; Rob Garf, vice president for industry strategy,Demandware, and Greg Girard, program director, merchandise strategies,IDC Retail Insights.
“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