OSCAR DOES MATINESSE: Maidenform Inc. will introduce Matinesse nylon into its licensed line of Oscar de la Renta lingerie in March with a group of bras and panties.
The Matinesse group will have two bra styles: a tailored, seamless underwire and a lace-trimmed underwire bra with stretch lace straps. Coordinating panties include a tailored high-leg brief and a lace-edged, high-leg brief. Colors are shell, black and plum. Bra sizes in B and C cups will range from 34 to 38, and D cups will be available from 34 to 36. Panties are S, M and L.
The seamless bra will be $11.50 wholesale, and the matching brief will be $7.36; the lace-trim bra is $14.72, and the coordinating brief, $8.74.
Bruce Getz, vice president of brand merchandise at Maidenform, said the Matinesse group is aimed at the "more forward customer."
"We are giving her everyday designs with the fashion punch of a new fabric," said Getz. He said Matinesse nylon was selected because it has the comfort and stretch fit of Shimmereen nylon -- a high-luster fabric that has been a strong performer in de la Renta foundations -- while offering a matte finish.
Both Matinesse and Shimmereen are from BASF. The Matinesse fabrication was brought into the market in November.
JOCKEY TAPS TWO: Jockey International has named Wayne Cooper vice president of the MIS department. He reports to Paul Yoo, executive vice president and chief financial officer. Cooper, who was vice president of MIS at Chanel Inc., succeeds Vern Koch, who left the firm.
Also, Harrison M. Thrasher has been named manager of corporate safety and wellness, a new post. Thrasher, who will be part of the human resource department and will plan and execute safety programs, reports to Marc A. Skurski, corporate director of employee relations. Thrasher was a health and safety engineer with Miller Brewing Co.
“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