FIT SHOP RETURNS: The Fashion Institute of Technology is reopening its student-run Style Shop Monday. The Shop, which bowed in 1996, was designed to give students the experience of running a business. The store sells a mix of accessories, home goods,...
FIT SHOP RETURNS: The Fashion Institute of Technology is reopening its student-run Style Shop Monday. The Shop, which bowed in 1996, was designed to give students the experience of running a business. The store sells a mix of accessories, home goods, apparel, cosmetics and bath products designed by students, faculty, staff and alumni. It is operated by student members of the Merchandising Society, who learn skills in buying, merchandising, product development, marketing, finance planning, customer relations, sales and management by running the boutique. Located in the David Dubinsky Student Center at Seventh Avenue and 27th Street, the shop’s grand-reopening celebration will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday. Throughout the semester, hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
LIBERTY’S NEW MAN: Iain Renwick has been named chief executive of Liberty, the London specialty store, with the mission of restoring the store to profitability. He succeeds Fiona Harrison, who left the firm. Renwick, 44, previously was with Imagination Ltd., the design and creative agency. Before that, he was marketing director of Habitat, working closely with Vittorio Radice, who would later turn around Selfridges. "Liberty is now well placed to become London’s leading destination, design-led store," Renwick said in a statement. In the fiscal year ending June 29, Liberty posted losses of $24 million on sales of $70.2 million, having suffered from the drop-off in sales following Sept. 11. Liberty also said in a statement that Lucille Lewin, cofounder of the Whistles fashion group, has joined the store as creative director.
NORTHERN LIGHTS: H&M is about to get a run for its money on its home turf. Its fast-fashion rival, Spain’s Zara, plans to open its first store in Sweden, a 16,000-square-foot unit in central Stockholm. The store is slated to open next year.
“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