SEARS HEADLINERS: Arthur Martinez, chairman and chief executive officer, and John Costello, senior vice president of the Sears Merchandising Group, will deliver the keynote address at the 43rd Annual Retail...
SEARS HEADLINERS: Arthur Martinez, chairman and chief executive officer, and John Costello, senior vice president of the Sears Merchandising Group, will deliver the keynote address at the 43rd Annual Retail Advertising Conference in Chicago, Feb. 8-11. The event is sponsored by the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association International and will be held at the Chicago Hilton & Towers. Martinez and Costello will discuss "Reaching the Moving Target Through Creative Planning." Other retailers and executives from advertising agencies and consulting firms, speaking at general sessions and smaller seminars, will address ways to cut through clutter to reach customers and build loyalty. Movie critic Gene Siskel will give his "thumbs up" to the winners of the 1994 retail advertising awards, to be announced at a dinner during the conference. In other Sears news, the retailer plans to reopen its Flatbush store in Brooklyn with a two-day celebration on Nov. 11-12. The store is at 2307 Beverly Rd. Sears is midway through a remodeling program involving 500 of its units. Sears reportedly is on the lookout for other space in the New York area. Rumors keep surfacing that the company is exploring the site of Abraham & Straus at A&S Plaza in Manhattan, but Sears executives remain mum about that.
A NEW VP SLOT: Paul Harris Stores has added the post of vice president of logistics in an effort to strengthen its management team and flow of goods. Gary P. Nagle, a logistics and transportation executive, has joined the company to fill the new slot. He reports to vice chairman and president Charlotte Fischer, who also becomes chief executive officer in January. Nagle was director of transportation at Claire's Boutiques, Wood Dale, Ill., where he worked since 1986. He was with Consolidated Railways, a railroad company, from 1980 to 1986. At Paul Harris, he will be responsible for research and strategies to effect efficient merchandise flow to the company's 239 Paul Harris, Pasta and $5-$10-$15-$20 Place stores.
“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