NEW YORK — Michael Kors’ Collection world is growing in leaps and bounds. The designer is embarking on an ambitious retail rollout that will mark his first European store in Milan, Collection boutiques in Palm Beach, Fla., and Chicago, an expanded store at the Americana in Manhasset, N.Y., and several shop-in-shops nationwide. The Milan unit will also kick off a European retail strategy with plans to open 25 Collection stores across the continent over the next three years. “With so much negative talk going on about the state of fashion and the state of the economy, our business is really strong right now,” Kors said Tuesday. “Particularly when we open a store in a city, not only do we do a lot of business, but we also see that the business gets better with existing stores [that sell Collection] in that city.” On Sept. 23, Kors is scheduled to open a 1,100-square-foot-boutique at 14 Via Sant’Andrea in Milan, having taken over the flagship space from Victor & Rolf. The store will be opened in a collaboration with Gibo, which produces Kors’ designer sportswear collection. The company will also open a 2,400-square-foot-boutique at 226 Worth Avenue in Palm Beach this November, followed by a 2,400-square-foot store on the ground floor of the 900 North Michigan Shops mall on Michigan Avenue in Chicago in fall 2009. “With Palm Beach, I feel like it’s a homecoming,” said Kors. “A lot of people look at me and say, ‘You don’t have a store in Palm Beach?’ So much of our clientele spends a good part of the winter season there. It’s really our first resort store. I have always loved designing resort and things that have a resort mentality, and Palm Beach is one of the few places left on earth where a jeweled $800 bikini is a basic.”
“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