SHOPKO RESHUFFLES: Thomas Abbott has been promoted to the new post of vice president of product development and trend services at the ShopKo division of ShopKo Stores Inc. Abbott returned to ShopKo in 1998 as manager of trend services and was promoted...
SHOPKO RESHUFFLES: Thomas Abbott has been promoted to the new post of vice president of product development and trend services at the ShopKo division of ShopKo Stores Inc. Abbott returned to ShopKo in 1998 as manager of trend services and was promoted to vice president and divisional merchandise manager of fine jewelry and intimate apparel the following year. Additionally, Kathy Friedland-Howard, vice president of advertising with responsibility for the ShopKo division’s print advertising, has assumed responsibility for all divisional advertising operations as well as consumer research and e-commerce. Both report to Kevin Easton, who was promoted to executive vice president of the company and chief merchandising officer of the ShopKo division in a reorganization of its management ranks on Jan. 17.
THE GOLDEN NET: With the worlds of fashion and entertainment drawing ever closer, it figured that at least one Web site would benefit from fashion fans dialing up the 411 on who wore what to the Golden Globes ceremony on Jan. 19. And the winner, according to Nielsen/NetRatings, was Eonline.com. Surfers of the site, for the week ended Jan. 19, swelled to 860,000 — many of whom were looking to learn what E! Online’s Fashion Police had to say about the celebrities’ fashion. Those users marked a 67 percent surge over traffic the prior week, which tallied 387,000 people. "The offline tie-in with E!’s TV coverage of the Globes was the key driver," said Carolyn Clark, senior Internet analyst at Nielsen/NetRatings, in referring to E! Online’s traffic surge. "We see this effect online with many offline tie-ins," Clark added. "When BusinessWeek does its ratings of top business schools, for instance, BusinessWeek Online benefits."
“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