- BURBERRY OPENS IN AZERBAIJAN: Burberry is looking east. The London-based fashion and luxury goods firm opened its first store in Azerbaijan Friday, in Baku, the country's capital. The 2,368-square-foot store is located on Neftchiler Avenue in the city, and carries the Burberry Prorsum women's wear collection, alongside Burberry London's men's and women's lines. It also carries Burberry's accessories — including the label's Warrior bag — and the brand's eyewear, fragrances and timepieces. Other brands on Neftchiler Avenue include Escada and Ermenegildo Zegna, while Emporio Armani, Versace and Tru Trussardi all have stores in Baku. New York-based architecture firm O'Neil Langan designed the Burberry store, and its interiors are decorated with pale stone floors and dark wood fittings. This summer, the company plans to open a seventh Russian store inEkaterinburg and its first Hungarian store, in Budapest.
- HERMES' NEW FOUNDATION: Hermès International said Tuesday it was establishing a foundation to oversee its philanthropic endeavors and to bolster its efforts in social and environmental responsibility. The Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès, headquartered in Paris and with an initial five-year mission, will be dedicated to promoting and preserving craft skills and supporting such creative fields as design, visual arts and performing arts, the company said. On the corporate social responsibility front, Hermès plans to support organizations that promote education and training and support environmental research. Hermès said the foundation has a budget of 18.5 million euros, or $28.8 at current exchange, and would be run by Catherine Tsekenis.
- NEW CREDIT FACILITY: AnnTaylor Stores Corp. has increased its revolving credit facility to $250 million from $175 million, according to a Securities and Exchange filing on Tuesday. The new facility, which involves six banks including Bank of America N.A., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Wachovia Bank N.A., also allows AnnTaylor to borrow an additional $100 million. The company said in the filing that it does not anticipate borrowing against the new facility to fund working capital needs of the business.
“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