ARNAULT HONORS: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton chief Bernard Arnault has been elevated to Commander of the Legion of Honor by France's ministry of economy, finance and industry for service to his country. The luxury magnate, who owns brands from Louis Vuitton to Dom Perignon, was previously an Officer of the Legion of Honor, the merit system created by Napoleon Bonaparte. Arnault's promotion was part of the government's traditional New Year honors.
GOLD MINED: Welsh gold, the most valuable precious metal, is expected to run out. Roland Phelps, managing director of Welsh Gold plc, the last remaining commercial miner of the material, said last week that supplies would be fully expended within three to six months. The metal, popular with royals including Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret, the Princess of Wales, and the Duchess of Cornwall, has been scarce for the last 30 years, and was only available until recently by reworking surface tips at mines in North Wales. "It's always been sought after," said Phelps, who took over the mine in the Nineties, before closing it in 1999 due to dwindling supplies. The company is now moving its attention to the Irish project Galantas, which is currently developing Ireland's first gold mine in Omagh, said Phelps.
FAMILY AFFAIRS: Tobias Forster, chief designer and co-partner in the St. Gallen fabric house Forster Rohner, said he had sold his shares in the company to his eldest brother, Ueli Forster, to ensure the business remains family-operated. Tobias Forster, who has been active in the firm for 43 years, also stepped down from the board and management. Simultaneously, Ueli Forster, who has been with Forster Rohner for 42 years, passed on the chief executive officer role to his son Emanuel Forster. Ueli Forster remains chairman of the board of Forster Rohner AG, the parent of the Forster Rohner Group. In his new role, Emanuel Forster continues to oversee marketing and sales as well as the executive management of the group. All changes were effective Jan. 1.
“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