- NEW TRADE BILL: Sens. Max Baucus (D., Mont.) and Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) introduced an omnibus bill Wednesday designed to strengthen U.S. enforcement of trade agreements and use of domestic trade remedy laws. The Trade Enforcement Act of 2007 would expand countervailing duty laws governing illegally subsidized imports to include products from nonmarket economies such as China, create a Senate-confirmed chief enforcement officer to investigate and prosecute cases and authorize $5 million for U.S. trade representative enforcement. It would also change the criteria for a material injury determination by the International Trade Commission in countervailing duty and antidumping cases, and limit the president's discretion under the China safeguard law.
- GLOBAL BRANDS GROUP HIRE: Global Brands Group, which is heading licensing for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, has hired Simon Hawkins, formerly Reebok vice present of sales, as vice president of licensing and sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, a new role. Hawkins spent 15 years with Reebok in various sales positions. Based in London, Hawkins reports to Mark Matheny, co-chief executive officer and co-chairman.
- A SWEET MOVE: Ed Jankowski will step down from his post as chief operating officer of Solstice on Aug. 17. Jankowski has taken a position at Godiva to run its North American division, which has 270 stores and 5,000 points of distribution. Jankowski spearheaded the Safilo-owned Solstice eyewear chain for the past six years. There are nearly 100 Solstice stores that sell eyewear from brands such as Marc Jacobs, Dior and Oliver Peoples. Claudio Gottardi, chief executive officer of Safilo Group, has tapped Giovanni Pesce, the company's head of retail in Europe, to assist in the transition while a replacement for Jankowski is found. Before joining Safilo in January, Pesce spent 15 years with Luxottica Group SpA, most recently as managing director of Sunglass Hut Australia, where he oversaw 200 sunglass specialty stores in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, and was also a director of OPSM, a chain of 600 optical and sunglass stores in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore.
“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