FRANK KELLAR ASKED TO LEAVE POSITION AT SAKS 'FOR CAUSE'
Byline: David Moin
NEW YORK--Another real estate shakeup has hit retailing. Saks Fifth Avenue's Frank Kellar, vice president of store planning and design, has left the company. Sources said Kellar's department has been undergoing an internal investigation and that Kellar was let go "for cause," the official line for violating company policy. It was not clear what policy he reportedly violated. A Saks spokeswoman said Friday, "As part of our ongoing monitoring of supplier practices, we examine various issues relating to supplier relationships. The total amount at issue was approximately $50,000. However, I cannot confirm or deny the results of our examination." Asked why Kellar left, the spokeswoman, said, "Our standard is to protect the confidentiality of our employee/employer relationship." The report about Saks, which went public on Wednesday, comes on the heels of a real estate scandal at Kmart Corp. Michael E. Dowdle, former director of shopping center development and marketing for Kmart Corp., earlier this month pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the retailer by accepting bribes and kickbacks in return for steering contracts to a Milwaukee developer. A July 29 sentencing has been set. Michael L. Skiles, who was Kmart's senior vice president of corporate facilities, resigned in January after charges against Dowdle were filed. Kmart is asking managers to sign an integrity pledge, prohibiting employees from accepting any gifts, samples, loans, free travel and entertainment or other such benefits.
“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