• STRICKLER TAPPED AT USTR: Gail Strickler was named assistant U.S. Trade Representative for textiles on Monday, confirming a report on Aug. 24 that she was the leading candidate for the post, elevating from what was called the special textile negotiator. Strickler will oversee negotiations that affect textiles and apparel and will advise USTR Ron Kirk on industry trade policy. She will also work to enhance U.S. access to foreign markets for the industry. Strickler most recently was associate director for Textiles & Apparel Product Safety at Philadelphia University’s College of Textiles and Sciences. Prior to that, she was vice president of the Global Apparel Division for Duro Textile. She has also served on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cotton Board since 2002.
• SHOPBOP HIRE: Darcy Penick has joined Madison, Wis.-based Shopbop.com as divisional merchandise manager. She will head the buying department for the retail Web site, known for its mix of contemporary designer lines. Penick succeeds Erin Crandall, who had the title of head buyer before leaving in June. Penick had been a senior buyer for almost four years at Saks Fifth Avenue in the women’s footwear department, and worked at Bergdorf Goodman as a buyer in the contemporary area. She began her career in 2000 at Neiman Marcus. Based in New York, Penick reports to Joe Milano, general merchandise manager at Shopbop.
• CHARITY GALA: The honorees have been set for this year’s Kids in Distressed Situations and Fashion Delivers event. The fund-raiser, slated for Nov. 4 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York, will honor John Daly, president of trade finance for CIT Group Inc., who will receive the Fashion Has a Heart Award; Andrew Hall, president and chief executive officer of Stage Stores, who will receive the Retailer Award; Gary Simmons, president and ceo of Gerber Childrenswear LLC, who will be honored with the KIDS Lifetime Achievement Award, and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, which will receive the Humanitarian Award. Last year’s gala raised $1.3 million for KIDS, a global charity helping families in need, and Fashion Delivers, which provides product to victims of natural disasters.
“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