ADIDAS MOVES INTO SOHO: Adidas is readying its third Originals store, which will open in SoHo at the end of this month, an Adidas spokesman said Thursday. The company has a New York showroom in that neighborhood on Broadway and is moving into the...
ADIDAS MOVES INTO SOHO: Adidas is readying its third Originals store, which will open in SoHo at the end of this month, an Adidas spokesman said Thursday. The company has a New York showroom in that neighborhood on Broadway and is moving into the 3,800-square-foot space previously occupied by Adhoc at 136 Wooster Street, not far from Stussy. Originals is a combination of replica products and updated versions of classic apparel, footwear and accessories. Last year, Adidas opened Originals stores in Berlin and Tokyo. To celebrate its new digs, Adidas is trying to recruit some Adidas-sponsored tennis players for the opening night bash, which will take place during the U.S. Open.
CHANGING TOMMY’S UNDERWEAR: Tommy Hilfiger will bring its men’s underwear business in-house beginning next spring. Tommy Hilfiger underwear has been licensed to Jockey International since 1993, a deal that will terminate upon expiration of the license next May 31. VF Corp. remains the women’s licensee for Hilfiger’s intimates, including underwear and bras. The new men’s in-house underwear business will be operated by Michael Spillane, a former head of Tommy underwear at Jockey until he joined the fashion firm as president of the Hilfiger children’s division in 2001. Spillane will continue to run the children’s division. The company said the transition is expected to have a "modest positive impact" on sales and earnings for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2004.
CLAIBORNE PROMOTES: Liz Claiborne Inc. has added the word "senior" to two executives’ titles. Michael Scarpa, vice president, chief financial officer, is now senior vice president and cfo, and John Sullivan, vice president, chief information officer, is now senior vice president, chief information officer. In his expanded role, Scarpa will be responsible for management and execution of the company’s accounting and control, taxation, internal and external audit, financial planning and operations, treasury, investor relations and facilities management. Sullivan is in charge of information technology. Scarpa joined Liz Claiborne in 1983 as a budget manager and has since held positions of increasing responsibility at the company, while Sullivan started as vice president, information systems in 1996. Both report to Paul Charron, chairman and chief executive officer.
“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