LEPORE IN LONDON: Nanette Lepore is set to open her first European store, in London's Westbourne Grove. The store, which spans 2,200 square feet over three levels, is housed in a former Italian restaurant and is set to open on June 1. Her retail neighbors will include Nicole Farhi, Agent Provocateur, Solange Azagury-Partridge and Emma Hope. "We were getting so many calls and e-mails from clients in Europe asking where they could find the line, and we thought ‘Why not?' Plus, our accounts in the U.K. are doing really well," said Robert Savage, president of the Manhattan-based company and Lepore's husband. The new store, which will be filled with mirrors and Fifties Italian chandeliers, will showcase Lepore's full collection as well as her new line of footwear, which bows for fall. Lepore and Savage, who were in London for meetings last week, said foreign markets still make up a tiny percentage of the company's sales. "But there's a lot of potential there," said Lepore, who already has a showroom and distribution center based in London. The designer currently has stores in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Boston and Tokyo.
SEARS RAISES: Sears Holdings Corp., stepping up its campaign for all outstanding common shares of Sears Canada, on Monday raised its offer to 18 Canadian dollars per share, from 16.86 Canadian dollars, and said two big minority shareholders agreed to tender shares. Due to the rise in price, Sears extended its offer until 11:59 p.m., April 18. Alan Lacy, vice chairman of Sears Holdings, said, "We believe the decision by the two largest independent shareholders, Natcan Investment Management Inc. and Vornado Realty Trust, to tender their shares, representing over one third of the minority shares, is clear evidence that our revised 18 [Canadian dollars] offer represents a full and fair price."
“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