ANDEAN ANGST: Trade ministers from three Andean countries made another plea to administration officials and lawmakers Wednesday to renew and enhance a trade bill that expired last year. Ministers from Peru, Colombia and Ecuador held meetings on...
ANDEAN ANGST: Trade ministers from three Andean countries made another plea to administration officials and lawmakers Wednesday to renew and enhance a trade bill that expired last year. Ministers from Peru, Colombia and Ecuador held meetings on Capitol Hill and planned to later meet with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick to push for passage of a divisive trade package that contains trade benefits for Andean countries before Congress adjourns next month. However, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D., Mont.) has stated that the bill, which is now before House and Senate negotiators, won’t be finished before the August recess. There are also stark differences between how the GOP-led House and the Democratic-controlled Senate trade packages treat the Andean apparel breaks, and benefits for unemployed workers and negotiations are expected to be difficult. The package also includes the presidential trade promotion authority measure.
TIME’S RUNNING OUT: Fila’s creditor banks are losing patience with the troubled sportswear maker. The banks are preparing a letter to Fila’s majority shareholder, Holding di Partecipazioni Industriali, demanding the $322.30 million (converted from euros at current exchange rates) Fila owes them, a source close to the banks said. Meanwhile, Italian press reports say Citibank wantsto proceed with legal action. HdP, which is trying to sell off Fila to U.S. investment funds Continental and Golden Gate, said it has no news regarding the sale of Fila or its relationship with the banks involved in the transaction. Citibank, Unicredito Italiano, IntesaBCI and San Paolo IMI declined to comment. Banca Nazionle del Lavoro, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena and Capitalia did not return calls seeking comment.
“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