- TRADE MART IN COLOMBIA: The parent company of the Dallas Market Center said Thursday it will develop and manage a new wholesale trade complex in Bogota, Colombia, called the LatinAmerican Trade Mart that will be the largest such operation in South America. The 2.5 million-square-foot project is scheduled to open in 2011, according to Market Center Management Co., which owns or manages wholesale market centers such as the Dallas Market Center and FashionCenterDallas, Shanghai Mart and Brussels International Trade Mart. Market Center Management is owned by Dallas-based Crow Holdings. Pedro Gomez y Cia SA, one of the largest commercial developers in South America, and Organización Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo, a diversified private holding company, will own the trade mart. Market Center Management will collaborate with the owners as a partner supporting the design, construction, leasing and trade event planning and execution.
- NIKE-UMBRO DEAL: Nike Inc. passed a key hurdle in its $565 million purchase of Umbro plc, the U.K.-based soccer brand. Umbro shareholders meeting in London Thursday approved the all-cash acquisition, a process that began Oct. 23 when Nike bid 193.06 pence, or $3.83 a share. Pending court hearings and final regulatory approvals, Nike Vapor Ltd., a wholly owned Nike subsidiary, anticipates completing the deal in March. Nike intends to operate Umbro as a stand-alone brand that will join Nike's $2 billion portfolio of affiliates.
“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