DALLAS — The Dallas Market Center Co. has named Jane Robertson senior vice president of marketing and has promoted others within her department.
Robertson succeeds Lori Edelman, who resigned to pursue other interests. Edelman joined the DMC five years ago as vice president of hard goods marketing.
Robertson, formerly senior vice president of marketing communications, now adds responsibilities for retail development, special events, international development and database management. She joined the company last year as a consultant for the opening of FashionCenterDallas. She reports to Cindy Morris, chief operating officer.
Cole Daugherty, who was senior director of public relations, has succeeded Robertson in overseeing advertising and exhibitor communications, as well as public relations. The DMC also named Alden Clanahan as vice president of visual merchandising, where he will remain in charge of displays and events throughout the wholesale complex. Clanahan has been with the DMC for four years, most recently as senior director of visual merchandising.
Marie Connors was promoted to senior director of soft goods retail development, in charge of bringing new buyers to market. Connors has been with the DMC for five years. Daugherty, Clanahan and Connors report to Robertson.
In addition, the DMC picked Robbie Armstrong for the new position of vice president of event administration, reporting to Mitzi Tally, executive vice president of administrative services. Armstrong has been with the DMC for 12 years, most recently as senior director of complex sales and services.
“These leaders have demonstrated excellent marketing skills and have proven to be key assets to the company,” said Bill Winsor, president and chief executive officer of the DMC.
“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