DREXEL HONORS HOCHMAN: A reception was hosted by Drexel University for Carole Hochman, chief executive officer and creative director of Carole Hochman Designs Inc., who received this year’s Design Achievement Award on June 6. A graduate of Drexel, the reception was preceded by a student fashion show presented by the Fashion Design and Design & Merchandising Programs at Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design. This year’s show was the first to be staged at the Urban Outfitters Corporate Headquarters Campus in Philadelphia.
“Everybody had to design a group of lingerie, and we donated all of the fabric,” said Hochman. “Urban Outfitters gets a lot of talented designers, and we get a lot of great intimate apparel interns.”
Out of 10 semifinalists, Kara Kelly won first prize for her design of a full-slip shaper, and received $1,000.
FREDERICK’S TAPS BAKALIC: Frederick’s of Hollywood Group Inc. has named Barbara Bakalic vice president of product development for its wholesale division.
Reporting to John Schulman, chief merchandising officer, Bakalic’s responsibilities will include developing and offering a diversified assortment of intimate apparel choices to mass retailers through brand focus, trend identification and seasonal product line development.
A veteran of product development, merchandising and sales experience for more than 20 years, Bakalic most recently served as corporate brand manager and product development director for intimate apparel and sleepwear as well as junior sportswear at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., from 2000 to 2008. Earlier, she served in product development and merchandising posts at Andover Togs/Dobie Inc. and New York Knitworks.
Thomas J. Lynch, chairman and chief executive officer, noted Bakalic’s “extensive product development, merchandising and sales experience and proven success in the intimate apparel industry, specifically the mass market, will be a great asset to us. Barbara has a strong creative vision, and we are looking forward to the impact her leadership and demonstrated ability will have on our wholesale business.”
Frederick’s of Hollywood conducts its business through two operating divisions: the multichannel retail division and the wholesale unit. The retail operation sells intimates and related products under the Frederick’s of Hollywood label, maintains 130 specialty stores nationwide, and operates a catalogue and fredericks.com e-commerce business. Exclusive product offerings include Seduction by Frederick’s of Hollywood and the Hollywood Extreme Cleavage bra. Frederick’s combined wholesale and retail sales are in excess of $200 million.
“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