Midwestern retailers are playing it safe this market, gauging conservative to slightly lower open-to-buys. Aside from adopting a significantly choosier selection process, they plan to bulk up on tried-and-true vendors, rather than take risks...
Midwestern retailers are playing it safe this market, gauging conservative to slightly lower open-to-buys. Aside from adopting a significantly choosier selection process, they plan to bulk up on tried-and-true vendors, rather than take risks with new lines.
Kellie Woods, owner, Honey Dew, Lincoln Park, Ill.
"I'll be buying spring, summer and accessories. Some of my lines are Corey Lynn Calter, Allen B. and Chicago designer Diva Doll. In denim, I'm looking for one-of-a-kind things with faded rinses, stones or low-rise styles. I like Allen B., and Frankie B. is still selling.
"I have a large range of clientele, so I'll write both minis and longer skirts.
"I won't write too many prints, but I really like Diva Doll's florals and stripes. Lace is really the thing now -- Corey Lynn does some really nice looks. The peasant look is selling too, and I plan to move forward with it. Dresses are selling better than I expected for holiday. I think they'll be just as big for spring and summer. Strapless and spaghetti straps do better than those with sleeves."
Corey Weaver, owner, My Sisters & Me, Frankfort, Ill.
"I'm really going to look at the vendors that do well and buy more from them. Some are Me Collections, Equestrian, Laundry, Weston Wear and Yansi Fugel. Joseph A. and Michael Simon are great for knits. For blouses, I buy Rayure.
"I'll write brights for summer from turqs to chartreuse to yellows. We're more contemporary than preppy. Nautical looks don't do well, but I think black and white will be big again in colorblocking and stripes. I'll also buy bright animal prints, floral and jungle prints, light yarns, beading and crystals.
"I plan to move forward with cropped pants. I've never done shorts, but will try them in mid-thigh lengths. Dresses are strong from Laundry and Weston Wear. Strapless, off-the-shoulder, spaghetti strap and prints are important.
"Accessories are selling well. I need fun, bright, unique handbags like those from Louann Finn, who makes UltraSuede looks with floral patterns. I also carry San Francisco designer Angela Frascone's nautical themes and animal and geometric prints."Ellen Stirling, owner, The Lake Forest Shop, Lake Forest, Ill.
"We're definitely a color store. I need to know the fashion colors, in addition to buying a variety of brights, pastels, and black-and-white stories.
"I always need novelty pants. We write Cambio and Gunex. We're also going to try to sell some bermuda shorts this year. We'll definitely write prints in bottoms and tops, but be extremely choosy. I saw some great Marimekko looks.
"I do a variety of sweaters from layering pieces to Essendi's. Shu + Shu is another good line. I'll write some novelty cardigans and pullovers.
"In skirts, I'll write a bunch of lengths. A great line for us because it offers such a broad variety is Lida Baday from Canada. They do great matte jersey skirts from 16 inches to ankle length."
“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
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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