MIROGLIO ON SCHEDULE: Miroglio SpA, the big apparel and textile manufacturer, has suffered much less damage than initially reported from flooding that devastated Italy's Piedmont region earlier this month, and...
MIROGLIO ON SCHEDULE: Miroglio SpA, the big apparel and textile manufacturer, has suffered much less damage than initially reported from flooding that devastated Italy's Piedmont region earlier this month, and is maintaining its delivery schedule, the company said Monday. "We are delivering regularly. We lost a few days of work due to flood-related problems at the textile division, but the apparel division didn't suffer any damages," said a Miroglio spokesman. Miroglio SpA consists of two units: the textile division, which exports some $20 million worth of fabrics a year, and the Vestebene SpA apparel division, which produces more than 10 million pieces of women's clothing a year under some 16 trademarks, including Rubino, C'Est Comme Ca, Daniel Hechter, Caractere and Per Te by Krizia. Miroglio said initial reports that finished fabrics in storage had been damaged were wrong, and the company will have no trouble delivering either outstanding portions of the fall/winter '94 collection or the spring/summer '95 collection. "Our fabrics warehouse didn't have a drop of water in it," the spokesman said. "One of our weaving mills was affected, but we didn't have any major losses," he added. "We have several weaving mills, and the one that was affected will be back in operation the end of the month." The spokesman said the company wasn't able to estimate damages yet.
MALDEN TAPS HIMMEL: Malden Mills Industries, the leading producer of fleece fabrics, has named Robert M. Himmel eastern regional sales manager, a new post. Himmel will oversee sales and marketing activities in the Eastern half of the U.S. and the Eastern half of Canada. He reports to Michael Backler, division manager, apparel marketing. Himmel joined Malden as a sales representative in 1989, and for the past two years he was the company's New York area sales manager. From 1987 to 1989, Himmel was a sales representative for the Mission Valley unit of the former WestPoint Pepperell, which now operates as WestPoint Stevens.
“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