In Brief: New President at Judith Jack … Bealls Promotion … Carrying the Day … Soho Shutterings …
NEW PRESIDENT AT JUDITH JACK: Beth Vogel has taken over as president of Judith Jack, following the departure last month of Michael Horowitz. Vogel, who began on Monday, was formerly the vice president of design, merchandise and marketing at sterling...
NEW PRESIDENT AT JUDITH JACK: Beth Vogel has taken over as president of Judith Jack, following the departure last month of Michael Horowitz. Vogel, who began on Monday, was formerly the vice president of design, merchandise and marketing at sterling silver jewelry firm M.W. Samara Inc. At Samara, Vogel has been replaced by Bonnie Bennett, who had been senior vice president of design at Victoria & Co., where she oversaw the Napier and Nine West jewelry lines.
BEALLS PROMOTION: Tianne Doyle has been promoted to senior vice president, general merchandise manager for Bealls Outlet Stores Inc., the Bradenton, Fla.-based 402-unit off-price chain. She became a vice president last year and a general merchandise manager in 2001. Doyle joined Bealls in 1991 as the buyer of misses’ sportswear and swimwear, rose to divisional merchandise manager of misses’, petite and plus-size sportswear in 1996, and from 1998 to 2001, she held additional responsibilities of merchandising dresses, swimwear, shoes and children’s, as well as overseeing the import department.
CARRYING THE DAY: Carrefour, the French hypermarket giant, on Wednesday reported full-year sales up 4.6 percent to $74.22 billion (converted from euros at current exchange rates). Net profit jumped 15 percent to $1.5 billion, with earnings per share after goodwill amortization up 15.1 percent to $2.10.Chairman Daniel Bernard projected sales would increase 5 percent for 2003.
SOHO SHUTTERINGS: Furla closed its SoHo boutique at 430 West Broadway on Friday. The Italian handbag and accessories company is the latest luxury retailer to close its doors in the neighborhood. The Vivienne Westwood boutique on Greene Street shut down last week as well, while jeweler H. Stern, which was slated to open a store at Prince and Mercer Streets, has opted out of the SoHo retail scene.
“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