LESS IS MORE: Kmart Corp. on Tuesday received Chicago bankruptcy court approval to close 300-plus stores before it emerges from Chapter 11. However, the number of stores to be shuttered was reduced to 316, rather than the 326 it indicated when it...
LESS IS MORE: Kmart Corp. on Tuesday received Chicago bankruptcy court approval to close 300-plus stores before it emerges from Chapter 11. However, the number of stores to be shuttered was reduced to 316, rather than the 326 it indicated when it announced the closures on Jan. 14. Kmart’s attorney disclosed that the changing store count was due to concessions the retailer won from landlords in at least 10 of the stores initially set to go dark.
THE FINDER AND THE DELLS: Fashion designer Susan Dell is expected to announce today a $3 million grant being made by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation to be used as start-up funding for a national missing child rapid-response system. The system, named Team Adam after the abducted and murdered son of John and Revé Walsh, is operated by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, which the Walshes founded. Team Adam is patterned after the National Transportation Safety Board’s system of sending specialist teams to the sites of serious transportation accidents, by sending retired law enforcement officers to the sites of child abductions and cases of sexual exploitation. Dell and the Walshes plan to announce the grant at a presentation at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan today.
THE EW SHUFFLE: Entertainment Weekly managing editor Rick Tetzeli still isn’t satisfied with his staff’s seating chart. He’s hired two outsiders, Jason Adams and Ari Karpel, to edit the News & Notes section at the front of the book, starting a chain reaction of reassignments and departures. Previous section editor Thom Geier will take over the book reviews, while current editor Tina Jordan keeps book-related features. Also morphing-but-staying is book critic Troy Patterson, who will keep his title, but will write for other sections. Leaving, say sources familiar with the moves, is deputy news editor Jeff Gremillion and soon to follow is photo director Sarah Rozen. The new editors, Adams and Karpel, arrived from Blender and TV Guide, respectively.
ANTS IN HIS PANTS: Karl Lagerfeld, one of fashion’s overachievers, has another project cooking. Through his own Lagerfeld Gallery brand, he is collaborating with Austrian high-end hosiery firm Wolford on a 22-piece hosiery and bodywear collection to retail for fall.The first designs will be previewed in March at Lagerfeld Gallery’s runway show in Paris. The cobranded collection, which follows previous Wolford collaborations with designers including Vivienne Westwood and Jean Paul Gaultier, will be distributed at Lagerfeld Gallery and at Wolford boutiques globally.
“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