LONDON — Britain's long-awaited snowstorm arrived on Friday — disrupting airports, roads, and retail. Although much of London's snow melted the minute it hit the ground, local officials and transport authorities warned people to remain at home and take extra care if they needed to travel.
“Snow definitely does have an impact on shopper numbers,” said Mandy Murphy, a spokeswoman for the British Retail Consortium. “December 2010 is a real case in point, as the unusually early and prolonged wintry weather kept many shoppers away and put sales on ice for much of the month. "Retailers are already facing challenging times due to relentlessly tough times in the economy, so anything that acts as a further deterrent to shoppers doesn’t help matters.However, it’s important to remember that January isn’t generally a key month for sales, and the difficult weather conditions are likely to be short-lived.”
At least 2.5 inches of snow was expected to fall on London on Friday — and much of it turned to slush during the day - with much higher snowfall expected across much of the rest of the country over the weekend.
But it’s not all bad news: At John Lewis, sales of private label women’s casual padded jackets are up 118 percent year-on-year and long coats are up 367 percent year-on-year.
Ed Burstell, managing director of Liberty, said store sales on Friday were flat compared with last year. "Not bad in a town where they shut the trains down ‘in anticipation’ of snow!'" he said.
Some Londoners actually embraced the snow storm: "I'm a romantic, I love shopping in the snow," said Cemo Imamzade, 28, a press officer. "I find it calming. Plus, I know less people will be out and about so the shops will be less crowded. You can't rush in the snow, everything slows down."
“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