- FLORIDA POWER FAILURE: South Florida retailers reported sporadic outages but minimal loss of business when a power failure spread across the region Tuesday afternoon. About 800,000 customers, from Miami north to Daytona Beach on the East Coast and Tampa on the West Coast, lost electricity around 1:30 p.m. after a short-circuit in a substation, said Stan Johnson, manager, North American Electric Reliability Corp., a Princeton, N.J.-based monitor of utility companies. Service was expected to be fully restored by 9 p.m. Tuesday. Eleven of Macy's 60 Florida stores reported outages. The Village of Merrick Park, an upscale mall in Coral Gables, was without power for 90 minutes, but most stores remained open, management said. Coco-Walk, an open-air lifestyle center in Coconut Grove, also lost power for 90 minutes, but stayed open with backup generators. Bal Harbour and Aventura malls in North Miami Beach reported only flickering lights.
-RICHEMONT STAKE: Compagnie Financière Richemont, parent of brands including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Chloé, said Tuesday it had been informed by the South African company known as Public Investment Corp. Ltd. (PIC) that the latter holds a 3.13 percent stake in Richemont. PIC was obliged to make the statement under a new Swiss securities law that demands all shareholdings above 3 percent be publicly disclosed. Until February of this year, the limit for disclosure was 5 percent. PIC is a state-sponsored investment management company that oversees funds for public sector employees. Richemont is publicly traded on the Swiss stock exchange.
“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