BURBERRY SETS THE DATE: Burberry will kick off its road show on June 24 and present its prospectus during a news conference in London. Burberry chief executive Rose Marie Bravo and Mike Metcalf, the company's chief operating officer and chief...
BURBERRY SETS THE DATE: Burberry will kick off its road show on June 24 and present its prospectus during a news conference in London. Burberry chief executive Rose Marie Bravo and Mike Metcalf, the company's chief operating officer and chief financial officer, are both expected to be present at the briefing. Trading is due to begin in mid-July.ACCOUNTING FOR MAY: May Department Stores Co. promoted J. Per Brodin to vice president, corporate accounting and reporting. He reports to Lonny Jay, senior vice president, planning and reporting, and succeeds Michael Culhane, who's been named vice president and controller of the Filene's unit. Brodin joined the firm in March as director, corporate accounting and reporting, and brought with him 12 years of experience with a public accounting firm.FINELL RETURNS: Saks Fifth Avenue, seeking to elevate the styling of its private labels, is bringing back Connie Finell as vice president and divisional merchandise manager. Finell spent 15 years with Saks and was a top buyer for such categories as couture, designer sportswear and accessories. After Saks, she joined Mitchells of Westport as vice president and general merchandise manager, where she was instrumental in building up Mitchells' women's business. She left Mitchells in 2000, after four years on the job. Back at Saks, Finell will supervise eveningwear and coats, the private brands called SFA Collection and Real Clothes, and will report to Bill Lynch, senior vice president and general merchandise manager. Finell succeeds Daphne Pappas, who left in December. Pappas also had contemporary, but that's being covered by Lynch.CATEGORICAL IMPERATIVE: While it's long been known that successful e-tailers spur twice as much purchasing offline than on their Web sites, it's a significant shift that finds apparel has risen to become the category benefiting second-most-often from the effect. A survey of Net users, taken in March and released Tuesday by management consultant Retail Forward, found 23 percent of cybershoppers visiting apparel sites subsequently went to the e-tailers' stores to shop for items they saw online. This wastrumped only by the 38 percent who did so after shopping the Web for electronics. Putting the Internet's influence in perspective, however, the survey further found 36 percent had never researched goods online and then shopped for them at the e-tailers' traditional store.
“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