NEW YORK--Two words sum up spring junior retail business: denim and T-shirts. A few other items--feminine dresses, short satin skirts and cotton and spandex sweaters are checking--but compared to denim and T-shirts, they account for little. At J.C. Penney & Co., novelty denim items are hot, including shorts from Levi Strauss for $36, Squeeze's denim shortalls for $24.99 and scooter skirts from Arizona and Squeeze for $24.99. T-shirts are the other big category--Arizona striped T-shirts for $12.99 and Jalate and Coolwear embroidered and appliqued baby T-shirts for $16, according to a spokeswoman for the company. Bloomingdale's is also checking denim and baby T-shirts, according to Fran Horowitz, divisional merchandise manager. Top sellers are baby T-shirts from Us Boys, Knitworks and Full Circle from $16 to $24 and Guess's stretch denim jeans for $60 and hip-hugger jeans from Levi's for $54. Spring looks selling well at Sears, Roebuck & Co. include several dress styles with an opening price point of $29.99, in cream and pastel colorations with feminine accents, according to a company spokeswoman. "Anything with a sunflower pattern and denim-related looks including rompers are booking, as are baby T-shirts at $9.99, sold alone or paired with a jumper or slipdress." At Macy's West, the three top items are a long denim vest from Breaker for $30, a CK logo T-shirt at $20 and a long satin slipdress by All That Jazz for $59.99 in black or gold, according to a company spokeswoman. For Up Against the Wall, a junior specialty store chain in the Washington, D.C., area, the spring color story is black and white, said Wendy Red, fashion director. "Spring hasn't been that great, but there are a lot of hot items," said Red. Those include Free People's knit tops with banded collars priced in the mid teens, satin skirts and hip-huggers from Serious in the high 20s, long floral bias-cut skirts from Tramp and wide-leg polyester pants. At Mervyn's, denim shorts are a hot item from Jou Jou and Levi's priced at $16 to $27.99. Knits are also a strong category, including ribbed mock turtleneck sleeveless and short-sleeve cotton and spandex T-shirts from private label and Gravitate for $6.99, said a spokesman for the company. Also performing are private label ribbed short sleeve sweaters in cotton and spandex with scoop neck for $16 and cotton and spandex cropped baby T-shirts for $7.99. Barbara Fields, owner of the junior buying office of the same name here and in Los Angeles, said specialty store retailers are reporting strong sales in denim items, including sleeveless vests, scooter skirts, shortalls and overalls. Other styles doing well are satin tie-front tops, dresses combining denim with challis prints, shiny rayon knit sweaters and long printed moss crepe skirts.
“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