FIT TO GET ENDOWMENT: The Fashion Institute of Technology will receive a $300,000 endowment from Retail Brand Alliance and United Way of New York City. The scholarship fund will be presented at a reception June 27 at the Manhattan-based school. The...
FIT TO GET ENDOWMENT: The Fashion Institute of Technology will receive a $300,000 endowment from Retail Brand Alliance and United Way of New York City. The scholarship fund will be presented at a reception June 27 at the Manhattan-based school. The money will initially provide five full-tuition scholarships to students who were directly affected by the events of Sept. 11, and in later years to other eligible students. The funds will be distributed through FIT's Education Foundation for the Fashion Industries. Retail Brand Alliance is the parent company of Casual Corner Group, Adrienne Vittadini, Carolee Designs and Brooks Bros.DOOR OPEN AT BENETTON: Benetton denied Monday that it has decided to sell its money-losing sporting goods unit, but clearly, it is leaving its options open. "No decision has been made," a spokesman said. Benetton did say it has received expressions of interest and it is open to alliances and partnerships. Benetton said its sporting goods business, which includes the Nordica, Prince, Rollerblade and Killer Loop brands, posted a loss of $46.6 million in 2001, while this year's loss should shrink to $15.5 million. Dollar figures are converted from euros at current exchange.NEW ZALE CHIEF: Zale Corp. said Monday that Mary L. Forte will become chief executive officer on Aug. 1, succeeding Robert J. DiNicola, who will continue as chairman in a nonexecutive capacity. Forte, a 26-year veteran of retailing, has been Zale's executive vice president and chief merchandise officer since February 2001 and was instrumental in the company's turnaround over the last 18 months. She joined Zale in July 1994 as president of its Gordon's Jewelers division, which she upgraded, and became executive vice president and chief administrative officer in January 1998, where she was involved in the Peoples Jewellers of Canada and Piercing Pagoda acquisitions. Prior to Zale, she held executive jobs at QVC, The Bon Marche and Rich's. Zale is the nation's largest fine jewelry specialty retailer. DiNicola's retirement--his second from the corporation--was planned. He first became chairman and ceo of Zale in 1994, retired in 1999, and returned in February 2001 to get the retailer back on track.
“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