YURMAN’S NEW HOME: Jewelry firm David Yurman has sealed the deal for its new corporate headquarters. The company has signed a 15-year lease on a 65,000-square-foot, two-and-a-half-floor space in a 12-story building at 200 Hudson Street in New...
YURMAN’S NEW HOME: Jewelry firm David Yurman has sealed the deal for its new corporate headquarters. The company has signed a 15-year lease on a 65,000-square-foot, two-and-a-half-floor space in a 12-story building at 200 Hudson Street in New York’s TriBeCa neighborhood on land owned by Trinity Church. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "Sybil and I are reaffirming our roots in TriBeCa," David Yurman said, referring to his wife and business partner. "We have lived here for 28 years and we…will now be living and working in the community." The HLW architecture firm will be handling the design work and the company is expected to move in sometime in the second half of 2003.
BAILEY JOINS TRINITY MIRROR: Sly Bailey has been named chief executive of the U.K.’s largest newspaper publisher Trinity Mirror PLC. Bailey, 40, is currently chief executive of IPC Media, a division of Time Inc., the publishing division of AOL Time Warner. During her tenure, she led IPC Media through its management buyout and led the successful sales discussions with AOL Time Warner in 2001. "Sly has a proven track record in building businesses and brands, excellent media credentials and will bring extra drive and vigor to our national and regional newspapers," said Victor Blank, chairman. Trinity Mirror publishes 250 titles across the U.K., and its flagship is the Daily Mirror. A statement from IPC said a successor to Bailey will be announced early next year.
GLORIA JEWELRY: Jones Apparel Group isn’t wasting much time expanding the Gloria Vanderbilt brand: Gloria Vanderbilt jewelry will make its debut in the January market and will hit stores in late spring. Produced by fashion jewelry firm Victoria & Co., also a division of Jones, the line will include materials such as wood and colored stones, but not semiprecious stones, said Jackie Corso, the new chief executive of Victoria. The jewelry is aimed at the moderate market, and prices are still being determined. Gloria Vanderbilt was purchased by Jones earlier this year for about $140 million.
GOOD NOVEMBER NEWS: Toiletries and cosmetics and apparel and accessories advertising had healthy Novembers. According to Publishers Information Bureau, toiletries and cosmetics ad pages increased 10.6 percent to 1,781.2 ad pages, while apparel and accessories ad pages were up 9.5 percent to 2,522.8. From January through November, toiletries and cosmetic ad pages declined 0.6 percent to 15,168.3, while apparel and accessories ad pages dropped 11.2 percent to 20,480.4, according to PIB. Year-to-date ad pages across the 12 PIB-tracked categories were 206,409.5, down 4.5 percent from a year ago.
“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