The home page of the recently launched olivela.com.
Former Saks Fifth Avenue executive Kristen Sosa has been named chief merchant of the new e-commerce site Olivela, which lets women shop for designer products and assuage their guilt, knowing that their purchases will benefit charity.Sosa will oversee Olivela’s merchandising vision and relationships with brands such as Aquazurra, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Jimmy Choo, Valentino, Stella McCartney and Salvatore Ferragamo, among others. Handbags, shoes and accessories are featured by designer and trend. The full-price site layers in merchandise that's up to one season old. For example, Dolce & Gabbana’s medium Sicily tote bag is marked down to $2,795 from $3,995.Stacey Boyd, founder and chief executive officer of Olivela, lauded Sosa’s “innate ability to understand fashion trends and customer needs.” Boyd, a former teacher and school principal, created Schoola, an online retailer that sells gently worn clothing to support schools in need.
Olivela, which tries to raise awareness of the plight of children worldwide, enables luxury brands to transform inventory into measurable impact and fund causes. Charities include Good + Foundation, Too Young to Wed, Malala Fund and VH1 Save the Music.
When consumers buy a luxury item, Olivela gives a portion of the proceeds to one of its charitable partners. Customers can see the direct impact of their purchases over time on the site.
“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