GAP'S LILLIE RETIRES: John Lillie has retired as vice chairman and a director of Gap Inc. Lille had been a director since 1992 and had served as vice chairman with responsibility for supply chain, administration and financial operations since January...
GAP'S LILLIE RETIRES: John Lillie has retired as vice chairman and a director of Gap Inc. Lille had been a director since 1992 and had served as vice chairman with responsibility for supply chain, administration and financial operations since January 2001. Donald Fisher, chairman of Gap, said the firm will seek an outside director to take Lillie’s seat on the board, thereby allowing independent board members to make up two-thirds of the group.
DONNA AT HOME: Donna Karan International has entered an exclusive licensing agreement with CHF Industries to manufacture, market and distribute its Donna Karan New York Home and DKNY Life collections. "This is an important alliance that will allow us to further develop our vision for the home business, said Fred Wilson, chief executive officer of Donna Karan International. CHF Industries, founded 80 years ago and based in New York, has roots in the home furnishings industry. The current Donna Karan Home organization will remain in place and will continue to be headed by Patsy Pollack, president and ceo, reporting to Frank Foley, chairman and ceo of CHF Industries.
LIFE WITH COOGI: Urban sportswear maker Coogi Australia has been bought by Norman and Bruce Weisfeld, who also invest in the Fubu and Willie Esco brands, and Jimmy Khezrie, owner of retail chain Jimmy Jazz. The partners plan to restructure the brand into a bridge-priced collection along with a lower-priced line, as well as sign licenses to create a Coogi lifestyle. The purchase price of the 33-year-old label was not disclosed.
CALLING DICK TRACY: Fossil Inc. has teamed up with Palm Pilot to create the first watch that has Palm-powered technology. The Wrist PDA, as it is called, will be sold under two brands: Fossil and Abacus, a new technology brand that will target electronics stores. The watches, which will retail for less than $300, are being introduced this week at the Comdex show in Las Vegas and are expected to be available in the U.S. and internationally by the middle of 2003.
“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