MATING GAME: A pair of Internet-based marketing and media survivors announced acquisition deals Tuesday. Gen Y-focused Alloy Inc. has bought most assets of Youthstream Media Networks for $7 million in cash, and Nielsen/NetRatings has agreed to...
MATING GAME: A pair of Internet-based marketing and media survivors announced acquisition deals Tuesday. Gen Y-focused Alloy Inc. has bought most assets of Youthstream Media Networks for $7 million in cash, and Nielsen/NetRatings has agreed to purchase NetValue SA, a measurement service and researcher based in Neuilly sur Seine, France, for $14.2 million in cash and $3.5 million in N/NR stock. Alloy chairman and chief executive Matt Diamond estimated Youthstream in 2003 will add between $6 million and $7 million to Alloy’s top line and $1 million in incremental EBITDA. The $17.7 million forked over by N/NR will be used to buy 4.6 million shares of NetValue common, giving it a 52 percent stake in NetValue. N/NR also aims to make a tender offer for the balance of NetValue shares.
STEWART GETS SERIOUS: A congressional committee Tuesday wrote Martha Stewart to say its investigation into her sale of ImClone stock had turned "serious" and was no longer a "peripheral issue to the ImClone investigation," after further discrepancies emerged between her account of the sale and that of her broker. "We want to assure ourselves that you have not attempted to mislead this committee with the intent to obstruct an investigation," committee chairman Billy Tauzin (R., La.) and oversight subcommittee chairman James Greenwood, (R., Pa.), wrote Stewart.
SPARE A DIME?: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. received a $125 million bank loan from Berkshire Hathaway Inc., wire services reported Tuesday. The loan is part of a $2.85 billion, 364-day revolving line of credit arranged for Wal-Mart in late July by J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. along with 42 other lenders.
“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