DALLAS — NorthPark Center here is ready to raise the curtain on a $225 million expansion that is intended to make it the dominant mall in the highly competitive North Texas market.
The revamped space, featuring gargantuan works of art by Claes Oldenbuerg and Mark di Suvero, Barneys New York, stores, restaurants and a 15-screen AMC movie theater, opens on Friday.
Along with the 88,000-square-foot Barneys flagship, Martin + Osa, a new division of American Eagle Outfitters targeting shoppers ages 25 to 40, plans one of its first five units here in August. Sephora, a longtime tenant, is building a bigger store connected to a Klinger Advanced Aesthetics spa in the first example of the companies’ new partnership. And Nordstrom, which opened in November in the first phase of the mall’s two-year expansion, is a prototype with a new layout and fixtures.
A two-level corridor targets youth in an attempt to redress a weakness. Running between Foley’s and Nordstrom, it has dozens of stores to dress and amuse babies through teens, including Hanna Andersson, Janie and Jack, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Jacadi, Gymboree, PacSun, Hollister, Skechers, Swatch, Urban Outfitters, XXI, Aéropostale, and American Eagle Outfitters, among others. Yet to open are Play Planet Funk, BabyStyle, Puzzle Zoo, Oakley and GameStop.
Nancy A. Nasher, co-owner of the mall with her husband, David J. Haemisegger, said the goal was to lure “the best of the best” in retail, plus emerging concepts. CrewCuts, J. Crew’s new children’s line, will introduce its first freestanding store on Tuesday.
“We will have the best tenant mix and merchandise mix, and that will set us apart,” Haemisegger 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