In Brief: Jousse Quits Richemont … Brand Essence … Top Honors
JOUSSE QUITS RICHEMONT: Dominique Jousse has stepped down as group human resources director of Compagnie Financière Richemont, the Swiss luxury-goods group. The company said in a statement Wednesday that Jousse resigned for...
JOUSSE QUITS RICHEMONT: Dominique Jousse has stepped down as group human resources director of Compagnie Financière Richemont, the Swiss luxury-goods group. The company said in a statement Wednesday that Jousse resigned for personal reasons. She opted not to relocate her home from London to Geneva, where Richemont is centralizing its group services. “We appreciate the changes instituted during her tenure as group HR director, and wish her every success in her future endeavors,” said Johann Rupert, executive chairman of the company. Jousse, who joined Richemont in 2000, will step down on April 30. Richemont’s brands include Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Alfred Dunhill, Montblanc and Chloé.
BRAND ESSENCE: Cherokee Inc. has agreed to an exclusive licensing deal with Essence magazine. The Van Nuys, Calif.-based brand broker plans to engineer retail licensing opportunities in women’s apparel and the home goods market for the glossy that is geared to the lifestyle of the African-American woman. Magazines and their access to specific customer databases offer a synergistic licensing platform for retailers, said Anthony Damiani, Cherokee’s senior vice president of brand development. “When a retailer and magazine pair up, you get really focused marketing,” he said.
TOP HONORS: Betsey Johnson will be honored by the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners with the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization’s Annual Signature Awards Gala at Tavern on the Green in New York on March 15. Johnson’s daughter, Lulu, will present her mother the award. The theme for the 2005 Signature Awards is Inspiring Women, Inspiring Business. “Betsey Johnson worked extraordinarily hard to get where she is, and hasn’t forgotten that it wasn’t always easy,” said Lara Kisielewska, president of NAWBO-NYC. Past Signature Award winners include Muriel Siebert, Diane von Furstenberg, Barbara Smith, Linda Ellerbee, Judy George, Eileen Fisher, Rachelle Friedman and last year’s Lifetime Achievement winner, Caroline Hirsch, founder of Caroline’s On Broadway. Tickets cost $165 for members and their first guest, and $250 for nonmembers. They can be purchased by accessing nawbonyc.org.
“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