DESIGNER RETURN: Prada said Monday that Simonetta Ciampi has been appointed as design director of bags and accessories. Ciampi returns to the Italian fashion house after her experience as design director of leather goods at Yves Saint Laurent, which she left in April. The Milan-born designer worked at Prada for 15 years. Ciampi created the horn-handled Mombasa bag, YSL's first hit in the accessories business.
SAFILO EYES IPO: Eyewear giant Safilo is preparing to relist its shares on the Milan stock exchange, a Safilo spokesman confirmed, although he said that timing and other details have yet to be determined. Safilo made its debut on the Milan stock exchange in 1987, but the company was delisted in 2001, when president Vittorio Tabacchi led a leveraged buyout of the company. In May, Safilo chief executive officer Roberto Vedovotto said the company was mulling a return to the stock market. "We are thinking seriously about it," said Vedovotto. "Bankers are telling us the market is extremely good and the situation looks good." Safilo posted a net profit of 19.85 million euros, or $24.61 million at average exchange rates, on sales of 939.76 million euros, or $1.17 billion.
SAFEGUARD DELAY: The Bush administration delayed for a third time, until Nov. 30, decisions on four safeguard quota cases against China as U.S. and Chinese negotiators continue to try to reach a broad import restraint agreement. The pending petitions encompass $599.6 million in Chinese imports of sweaters, dressing gowns and robes, knit fabric and men's and boys' wool trousers. The U.S. has imposed safeguard quotas this year on $1.9 billion worth of Chinese imports, holding them to 7.5 percent annual growth, under the safeguard mechanism, which expires in 2008.
“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