DALLAS — A heavy sleet storm Monday night layered one to three inches of ice over roads in North Texas, closing schools and many offices Tuesday and putting a big chill on retail sales. Local merchants were concerned that the possibility of more...
DALLAS — A heavy sleet storm Monday night layered one to three inches of ice over roads in North Texas, closing schools and many offices Tuesday and putting a big chill on retail sales. Local merchants were concerned that the possibility of more freezing precipitation would crimp business today as well.
"Traffic is light," said Melody Kamp, marketing director at NorthPark Center mall. "All of our major department stores are open and 80 to 85 percent of specialty stores, but since the schools are closed, a lot of children are outside playing in the winter wonderland, so it will be a slower day."
Kamp was hopeful that the forecast for warmer weather this weekend would lure substantial numbers of shoppers with cabin fever.
Neiman Marcus’ downtown flagship was open Tuesday with about half its usual employees.
"I’ve got a reduced staff, but the associates here are on the phones and I think we’ll have a decent day," said Shelle Bagot, vice president and general manager. "We do a great deal of business on the phone anyway. Is there traffic in the store? No."
At the Galleria mall, the four anchors and only 31 of more than 200 specialty stores were open, according to the security office.
"I believe there are some shoppers, but not many," said a security guard who declined to be identified.
Many specialty stores remained shuttered, including Tootsies, Lilly Dodson, Del-Ann’s and Byzantine.
Phyllis Walker, owner of Del-Ann’s in Dallas and Fort Worth, made it to her Dallas store in Snyder Plaza to work on the computer and paperwork, but she was not open for business.
"I live very close, and I can get here, but my staff is farther and it’s treacherous to ask them to come in," Walker said. "Not a business is open here [in Snyder Plaza] unless it’s a restaurant. I’ve been in here an hour-and-a-half, and I haven’t seen a soul except the mailman and the UPS man."
"I can’t even get out of my driveway — it’s a sheet of ice —and I didn’t want the girls to risk their lives or health if they were to have an accident," said Victoria Jackson, owner of Byzantine. "Truthfully, I don’t think anybody would come out today anyway."The Chanel store at Highland Park Village was open but manager Tom Faust said that the center was "pretty quiet."
"We opened at 10 and we’ve had a few people in this morning, but it’s been quiet," Faust said. "Traffic seems to be growing a bit as the day progresses, and I think the afternoon might get a little busier. Obviously, this weather is not great for us, and if there is more sleet tonight, then tomorrow will be more of the same."
“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
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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