NEW YORK -- Designer Eva Chun closed her four-year-old company Friday and will probably not ship her spring line.
"This was a decision I made rather quickly in the last few days," Chun said Friday. "I need to take some time off and concentrate on my personal life. I was doing everything myself, from design and production to sales, and it's been very stressful."
Chun admitted that business has been tough, but said the decision to close the company, which had a showroom and sewing space at 550 Seventh Ave., was based on personal reasons. She explained that her husband, Michael Chow, who owns a chain of restaurants, is based in Los Angeles, and that she has been traveling cross-country on a regular basis since they were married two years ago.
Chun said resort merchandise has already been delivered to stores, but she wasn't sure whether any spring orders will be produced.
"It was really a case of having no personal life and no time to start a family," Chun said. "I need to take a break for some time, but I'll come back into the business someday."
Chun started her own firm in Los Angeles about four years ago, specializing in evening dress separates and had announced the opening of a secondary dress division for spring.
In 1992, Chun moved her business to New York, saying she needed to be here to better establish herself. She's been carried in such stores as Bergdorf Goodman and the Macy's East division of R.H. Macy & Co.
“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