HONG KONG — Fears of a recurrence of an outbreak of SARS, the respiratory illness that devastated Asia last spring, have been replaced by concerns over the rapid spread of avian influenza. Bird flu, as the H5N1 virus is commonly known, has spread...
HONG KONG — Fears of a recurrence of an outbreak of SARS, the respiratory illness that devastated Asia last spring, have been replaced by concerns over the rapid spread of avian influenza. Bird flu, as the H5N1 virus is commonly known, has spread rapidly across the region and is currently affecting 10 countries in Asia. It is also being blamed for 16 human deaths in Vietnam and Thailand.
There is also an extensive outbreak among China’s chickens. No human cases have been documented there yet, but the World Health Organization is monitoring the situation closely.
The spread of bird flu has led to numerous changes — birds from affected areas are being culled by the tens of thousands, the import of poultry from affected regions has been banned by many countries and the consumption of poultry in Asia is dropping rapidly. The WHO has not suggested any travel limitations to date. Instead, those traveling to affected areas are advised to avoid contact with live poultry, including feeding birds in parks. Those eating poultry or eggs should consume only thoroughly cooked products.
So far the disease appears to have made the jump from birds to individual people, but no human-to-human transmissions have been documented. That is another possibility health authorities are keeping a close eye on.
While governments across Asia are working to curb the spread of bird flu, they are being just as vigilant where SARS in concerned. Since December 2003, only four cases of the respiratory illness have been confirmed, all in China. The WHO is investigating each case to find its source.
Although requirements vary by country, arriving and departing passengers are required to fill out health declaration forms throughout Asia. In Hong Kong, all passengers also have their body temperature monitored via thermo-imaging thermometers.
“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