NO WHERE TO GO FOR FASHION: Julian Seeherman, chairman of Venture Stores, told shareholders the lack of direction in fashion is hampering apparel sales. "Any clothing is appropriate now. There is no uniform...
NO WHERE TO GO FOR FASHION: Julian Seeherman, chairman of Venture Stores, told shareholders the lack of direction in fashion is hampering apparel sales. "Any clothing is appropriate now. There is no uniform anymore," Seeherman said following last week's annual meeting in St. Louis. Seeherman said Venture's business was below expectations during the Easter season and throughout April. Women's, children's and footwear were weak, he noted, while hardlines were running "a little stronger." Venture is reducing space for unproductive categories, including hardware, paint and automotive, and will give that space to domestics, health and beauty care and household chemicals. Venture expects to add five stores in 1995, all in Texas, and five stores per year for the next few years, Seeherman said.
PUSHING PRIVATE LABEL: In a move aimed at expanding private label, Bradlees Inc. has named Carol Reed vice president, overseeing product development and private label, a new post. Reed, who joined Bradlees in 1991 as manager of product development.
KMART PROMOTION: Barbara J. Firment, who was director of Kmart's fashion advertising, has been named divisional vice president of advertising, a new post. She will be responsible for the newspaper insert program, the discounter's key promotional vehicle. Firment reports to Jerry Habeck, vice president of advertising. Her previous position has not been filled. Kmart also named Andy Giancamilli vice president and general merchandise manager, consumables and commodities. He joined Kmart in March as vice president of pharmacy merchandising and operations. Giancamilli is responsible for consumables, health and beauty care and pharmacy.
MAKE ROOM FOR WAL-MART: Wal-Mart, which entered Canada with last year's acquisition of 122 stores from Woolco, expects to open at least five additional Canadian units next year, three in Ontario and two in Quebec. The units will anchor new shopping centers developed by First Professional Management Group Inc.
GOODY'S BAD QUARTER : Goody's Family Clothing Inc. said first-quarter earnings dropped 17.9 percent to $2.3 million, or 14 cents a share, from $2.8 million, or 17 cents. For the three months ended April 29, sales jumped 16.6 percent to $144.9 million from $124.3 million. Goody's has made progress in implementing new merchandising strategies, but the transition hurt first-quarter margins, Robert M. Goodfriend, chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement. The transition should be completed in the second half of the year, he said. The 174-unit Goody's plans to open 11 stores this year.
“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