Retailers in Midtown and downtown Manhattan began reopening Sunday as power was restored throughout most of the city and nearly 80 percent of subway service was back in operation.
Some stores in Midtown Manhattan, such as Lord & Taylor on Fifth Avenue, opened for the first time Sunday since losing power last week. Stores in downtown Manhattan such as J. Crew on Prince Street and Tory Burch on Elizabeth Street, where power was out, also reopened Sunday.
The Americana Manhasset, Long Island’s North Shore luxury shopping mecca, had power again over the weekend and was planning on opening for the first time on Sunday as well. Some stores encountered glitches, such as the Coach location at the Americana, where a sales associate at 11 a.m. noted that the store had power and was planning on opening at noon, but was still having issues getting the cash register to work.
Along the New Jersey shore, one of the hardest hit areas, the Tanger Outlets at Atlantic City was open for business. A sales associate at the Forever 21 store there noted, “Twenty-five percent of Atlantic City still doesn’t have power, but we do.”
Retailers launched efforts to help victims of the hurricane. Michael Gould, chairman and chief executive officer of Bloomingdale’s, posted a note on the retailer’s Web site letting customers know they had a place to go to meet up with loved ones to sit, have coffee, or even just to “recharge your electronic devices or use one of our phones to make a call.”
Joining the number of companies making gifts to the American Red Cross was Macy’s, which pledged to match donations made at any of its registers until Nov. 30 with the goal of raising at least $1 million; it also offered discounts to residents affected by the storm. Barney’s New York said it would donate 10 percent of all sales Sunday — a sum in the amount of at least $50,000 — from its Madison Avenue flagship.
Fashion Delivers, the industry’s charitable organization, is seeking donations of excess home and apparel products from manufacturers and retailers for Hurricane Sandy victims.
While some areas were starting to look less like ghost towns, there were still nearly 1 million Con Edison customers without power statewide. One major problem that surfaced was the shortage of gas for commuters and residents who needed fuel to power generators.
By Saturday, over 8 million gallons of gas had been delivered to the area, but the lines remained long at stations that were open, both throughout New York City as well as New Jersey, Westchester County and Long Island. While estimates of economic losses from Hurricane Sandy range in the $30 billion to $50 billion range, the losses statewide in New York alone are said to be over $18 billion.
“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