PRODUCTION DECLINE: Global fabric production fell 3.2 percent in the third quarter of 2006, with all regions posting declines, the International Textile Manufacturers Federation said in a report last week. North America experienced the biggest fall, down 8.1 percent compared with the second quarter. European fabric production declined 7.7 percent, South America's dipped 1.3 percent and Asia's was down 0.9 percent. Global yarn output was also off in the third quarter, falling 1 percent, as a result of lower production in all key regions except Asia. The sharpest fall came in North America, with output down 8.4 percent compared with the previous quarter. Production also slipped in Europe by 6.9 percent and in South America by 4.9 percent, but posted a 2 percent increase in Asia. The ITMF said world fabric stocks fell 0.5 percent in the quarter, while yarn stocks rose 1.7 percent.
GREENING OF NORDSTROM: Nordstrom is going green with its catalogue. Starting in April, the retailer will source its catalogues, as well as its company newsletter distributed to 55,000 employees and its annual report, on paper containing 30 percent postconsumer waste (recycled content) from suppliers certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Virtually all of the company's printing partners will be FSC certified. That ensures, through independent third-party audits, that Nordstrom suppliers source their paper from well-managed forests that adhere to strict environmental and socioeconomic standards. Nordstrom distributes catalogues about once a month.
RECYCLING CHIC: Uniqlo, the fashion retailer owned by Fast Retailing Co., is expanding its recycling program to cover all its merchandise beginning next month. Under the program, customers may bring in Uniqlo clothes they no longer use to Uniqlo stores in March and September for recycling and reuse, the company said. Reusable clothes will be given to refugees and displaced persons through the United Nations and other relief agencies, while nonreusable items will be recycled into fuels or materials for textiles and other products. Uniqlo carried out an experimental project in September that collected 140,000 pieces of clothing, of which about 92 percent was reusable, and 6 percent recyclable into fuels and 2 percent into textile and other materials, Uniqlo said.
“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