NEW YORK — Bloomingdale’s often updates and renovates its shops and selling floors. But with the Chanel boutique on the fourth floor of the 59th Street flagship, the retailer went the extra yard.
“It was a complete tear down and brand-new build,” said Jack Hruska, Bloomingdale’s executive vice president of creative services. “It’s our most luxurious shop.”
Bloomingdale’s new Chanel boutique was celebrated last week with a cocktail party and a strong contingent of reps from the department store and the fashion house, and socials, including Christine Mack, Dori Cooperman, Brooke Garber Neidich and Lori Hall. The crowd perused the spring collection and spilled out the door into the adjoining floor space, champagne flutes in hand. The party also aimed to raise the profile of children’s mental-health initiative, The Child Mind Institute.
Chanel has a wider store front, two rooms instead of one previously, 300 additional square feet bringing the total to 2,000, and an overall sumptuous, comfortable feel. “The finishes are beautiful and exquisite. The walls are all hand-finished,” Hruska said. “And now we have three luxurious fitting rooms, including one with its own lounge. The space seems much bigger even though we didn’t make it that much bigger. It also incorporates more accessories than before.” Peter Marino Architect redesigned the shop, working with Bloomingdale’s and Chanel.
“There will be more happening on the fourth floor,” which sells designers. “Armani is currently being redone,” Hruska said.
“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