NEW ADIDAS POST: Adidas Salomon AG on Thursday named Hermann Deininger to be head of brand and creative direction for Adidas, a new post. The appointment, effective April 1, follows Wednesday's announcement that Michael Michalsky has stepped down as creative director to pursue his own lifestyle brand. Deininger, an Adidas veteran, is head of the sport heritage, sport style and global retail divisions. He will keep those responsibilities and assume management of Adidas' design and innovation teams, as well as corporate identity and corporate design. Deininger, 46, will report to Erich Stamminger, president and chief executive officer of Adidas brand. He also will oversee global trend and lifestyle marketing, as well as the Adidas licensee business.
SOTOS NAMED JONES CFO: Efthimios P. Sotos has been appointed chief financial officer at Jones Apparel Group. Wesley R. Card, who has held the dual positions of chief operating and financial officer since 2002, will continue as chief operating officer. In addition, Patrick M. Farrell has been named executive vice president, corporate controller. Sotos and Card report to ceo Peter Boneparth. Farrell reports to Sotos. Most recently, Sotos was executive vice president, treasurer, strategic and financial planning. Before September 2005, he held the posts of senior vice president and treasurer, and corporate vice president and treasurer. Sotos joined Jones in 1999 as part of the company's acquisition of Nine West Group, where he was assistant treasurer. Farrell was appointed senior vice president in September 1999. He had been vice president and corporate controller since November 1997.
“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