WASHINGTON -- Roger Milliken and his comrades in the domestic textile industry may have lost their bid to unseat South Carolina GOP incumbent Jim DeMint, but they're determined, leading up to November's congressional elections, to work against other...
WASHINGTON--Roger Milliken and his comrades in the domestic textile industry may have lost their bid to unseat South Carolina GOP incumbent Jim DeMint, but they're determined, leading up to November's congressional elections, to work against other candidates they claim vote against their sector on trade issues.Milliken and other mill officials in the state's northern textile-manufacturing area had strong hopes of replacing DeMint in the House with Republican challenger Phil Bradley, a state utility commissioner. However, in Tuesday's 4th District primary, DeMint scored a victory, with 61.57 percent of the vote to Bradley's 38.43 percent."Part of it is our fault," said Roger Chastain, president and chief executive officer of Mt. Vernon Mills in Greenville, S.C. "We should have been involved earlier in the campaign."The textile executives didn't start campaigning against DeMint in earnest until earlier this spring when Milliken--whose Milliken & Co. is a big local employer--backed Bradley. Like his colleagues, Milliken dropped his DeMint allegiance after the congressman voted to renew President Bush's trade promotion authority. The bill passed the House by just one vote.With the authority, Bush could more easily deploy his ambitious plan to strike more tariff-lowering agreements, which he said is needed to boost U.S. exports and the economy. DeMint's textile opponents argued that such trade pacts tend to favor low-cost foreign imports at the expense of U.S. manufacturers, including the flagging textile industry.Despite DeMint's primary victory, the job-losing side of U.S. trade policy remains pivotal for voters in the November general election, particularly in the South, said Chris Chafe, political director of the textile-apparel union UNITE. Milliken and UNITE, long-time foes in the organizing of mills, have joined forces to form a new lobby group, the American Textile Trade Action Committee or ATTAC, to push their agenda of saving textile jobs."There is a different level of accountability and interest in the general public around trade that hasn't been there in a long time," Chafe said.Like DeMint, several House Republicans in North Carolina are being challenged on trade and if they lose this fall, the GOP could in turn lose their slim five-seat GOP majority in the House.With almost 40 percent of the vote, Bradley's showing did underscore a strong vein of discontent with DeMint'strade stance, said Milliken's Washington trade counsel and lobbyist, Jock Nash. In Spartanburg County, where the Milliken mills are based, Bradley garnered almost 50 percent of the vote, he said."We are learning and we're not going away," said Nash, declining to say which races Milliken will target with campaign ads.Among the GOP House members who are on the political hit list for their yes votes on trade negotiating authority are North Carolinians Robin Hayes, Sue Myrick and Cass Ballenger.For his part, DeMint, is still smarting from textile executive criticism."My hope is Mr. Milliken and a few others who were involved in this very negative campaign against me will work with us on tradeso we can get these bills built in a way that helps textiles," said DeMint, whose reelection is practically guaranteed because his district is so heavily Republican. He faces Democrat Peter Ashy and Natural Law party candidate Faye Walters.DeMint said he proved his textile loyalty by voting in favor of TPA. In exchange for his vote, DeMint exacted a pledge from GOP leaders that a bill would be passed requiring that U.S. textiles be dyed, printed and finished in the U.S. if they are used in Caribbean Basin apparel that receives duty-free treatment. The bill has passed the House.
“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