In Brief: Sears’ New Arena … More Pluses at Old Navy … New Retail Index …
SEARS’ NEW ARENA: Sears, Roebuck & Co. has decided on the name for a new arena in its hometown of Hoffman Estates, Ill.: the Sears Centre. The retailer is building the 11,000-seat, multipurpose arena with developer The Ryan...
SEARS’ NEW ARENA: Sears, Roebuck & Co. has decided on the name for a new arena in its hometown of Hoffman Estates, Ill.: the Sears Centre. The retailer is building the 11,000-seat, multipurpose arena with developer The Ryan Cos. in the Hoffman Estates’ Prairie Stone Business Park. The arena will often be devoted to hockey, with a new United Hockey League franchise team to be based at the Sears Centre beginning in 2006, but will also host theater productions, soccer and basketball games, concerts and conferences. The arena is expected to attract 750,000 visitors to more than 135 events annually, the retailer said.
MORE PLUSES AT OLD NAVY: Gap Inc.’s Old Navy division has expanded its women’s plus-size line to more than 150 domestic locations, in addition to being available online. Sizes 16 to 26 can be found in three-pocket blazers, three-quarter-length cardigans, cuffed denim capris and related accessories, the company said Monday. Old Navy first announced in mid-July that plus sizes would be available at 50 stores as well as on oldnavy.com. The apparel includes fabric details, such as stretch and side paneling, for comfort.
NEW RETAIL INDEX: Market News International on Monday launched a weekly retail sales index, which will track company statements from the U.S. retail sector and provide a reference index to measure week-to-week change. Its first week of comparison for a sample of 206 companies show same-store sales are up 3 percent compared with 2.3 percent in last week’s sample of 174. Market News International is a division of Xinhua Finance.
WET SEAL CLASS ACTIONS CONSOLIDATED: A California federal court consolidated several lawsuits seeking class-action status against The Wet Seal Inc. The Foothill Ranch, Calif-based company said it received the consolidated class-action complaint from the court-appointed lead plaintiffs. The suit accuses the company, former directors, and both former and current officers of “making material misstatements of fact or failing to disclose material facts,” relating to losses in the Wet Seal division. The suit has yet to be certified as a class action.
“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