DALLAS — Fashion Industry Gallery, the wholesale fashion mart here that focuses on contemporary, denim and accessories, is eyeing new space as it marks its fourth anniversary this month.
FIG's director, Shelli Mers, said the boutique-style mart has outgrown its more than 50,000 square feet of permanent showroom space, which includes over 50 permanent showrooms. The FIG footprint also includes in excess of 15,000 square feet devoted to the temporary juried show called Shop.
FIG is fully leased and has a waiting list of vendors seeking new permanent space, she said.
"We've come a long way since we opened...and we're making plans now for even more growth in 2008," observed Mers, who said there's a possibility of FIG taking showroom space in an office building near its headquarters on Ross Avenue in the downtown Arts District. She didn't discuss details.
FIG's October show was its largest market ever, Mers said, without providing specific numbers.
San Francisco-based designer Julie Chaiken was guest designer at the show and presented her lifestyle fashion collection that encompasses a range of customers, from working moms to celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Reese Witherspoon, among others.
Retailers looked ahead to spring and summer merchandise, including Wanda Mange, who owns W Wear in Harbor Springs, Mich. Her seven-year-old store is on the banks of Lake Michigan.
"Our peak season is spring and summer, and our customers want updated and contemporary styles that are also comfortable. Our budget was up by at least 10 percent," said Mange, who bought Betsey Johnson's exuberant strapless tulle and taffeta dresses; novelty denim in white, chocolate and green from Rich and Skinny, Seven For All Mankind and Citizens of Humanity; Rachel Palley's color-blocked cobalt, lemon, turquoise and fuchsia sleeveless shift and trapeze dresses, and silk voile novelty dresses from Corey Lynn Calter.
“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