WASHINGTON--A plan to broaden trade benefits to the Caribbean continues to stumble through Congress, and now backers are seeking to include it in a trade bill expected before Congress by the end of the year. Devised as a catchall for trade matters that have been relegated to secondary status behind Medicare and tax reform, the bill could include the Caribbean measure, a bill to create a five-judge panel to review World Trade Organization decisions and an international shipping agreement that would phase out subsidies. Sen. William Roth Jr. (R., Del.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said Thursday that he planned to begin drafting a trade measure "at the earliest possible time," after dissuading Sen. Bob Graham (D., Fla.) from attempting to attach a Caribbean provision to a $245 billion tax cut devised by Senate Republicans. The provision would give the Caribbean Basin Initiative countries benefits equal to those held by Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement. In consenting not to bring up the CBI bill, Graham noted the importance of acting quickly on the trade bill because "we are beginning to see a shift of investment from Caribbean countries to Mexico, and we should avoid steps that will result in slippage of economic gains made in the Caribbean basin." On the House side, where all trade legislation must originate, Rep. Phil Crane (R., Ill.), chairman of the House Trade Subcommittee, said he planned to move the Caribbean parity plan along with an international shipping agreement later this year if time is left in the legislative session. A plan to extend fast-track negotiating authority for the administration to pursue trade negotiations with Chile will have to move separately, if at all, Crane said. Negotiations between congressional Republicans and the Clinton administration on fast-track language broke down last week, and Crane is blaming Democrats for killing chances of a fast-track deal this year. The administration insisted it be given authority to negotiate labor and environmental protections in Chile's accession to NAFTA, but Republicans held firm in their objections. A Republican version of fast-track authority without environmental and trade provisions had been included in a massive budget reconciliation bill, but Republican leaders withdrew it for fear it would cause problems for GOP freshmen. "Leadership didn't want the freshmen on the line for this without any Democrats," a House aide said. "They are anticipating that Perot and Buchanan would criticize this vote. If Republicans will have to take the heat for this, then the Democrats will too." The WTO bill is backed by Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole (R., Kan.), who has been attempting to bring it up in the Senate for several weeks but has been blocked by Graham, who said he didn't want any trade matters considered unless CBI parity gets a vote as well. Meanwhile, the Senate passed, in a 74 to 24 vote, a plan to toughen the embargo against Cuba but only after removing the toughest and most contentious provision. The provision would have allowed U.S. citizens whose Cuban property has been confiscated to sue foreign companies that buy, lease or use these properties.--Fairchild News Service
“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