Michael Jackson is making a debut in the Japanese men’s wear market next spring. A line of men’s suits bearing the singer’s moniker will be produced and marketed here under license by Wakita Co., a men’s wear maker based in Gifu. A Wakita spokesman said the line will be sold through department and specialty stores. There is a growing popularity among young men in Japan for dark suits and the American singer, who has a large following in Japan, fits that rising fashion image, he said. The company projects first-year sales of $8.3 million (1 billion yen). Dollar figure converted at current exchange.
FAMILY AFFAIR: A limited partnership comprising Nordstrom family members will sell up to 2.7 million shares, or 2 percent, of Nordstrom Inc.’s common stock. On Friday, Seattle-based Nordstrom said the Elmer and Katharine Nordstrom Family Interests L.P., which owns 10.9 million shares, or 8 percent of the retailer’s outstanding stock, will file a notice with the Securities and Exchange Commission to sell part of its holdings in order to diversify its financial assets. Of the 22 Nordstrom family members who make up the partnership, only John Nordstrom, a company director, and James Nordstrom Jr., who is the corporate merchandise manager for children’s shoes, are active in day-to-day operations, the company said. Nordstrom added that chairman Bruce Nordstrom, president Blake Nordstrom, full-line stores president Peter Nordstrom and executive vice president of full-line stores Erik Nordstrom are not members of the partnership.
Nike Inc. is standing by National Basketball Association star Kobe Bryant, who is facing felony charges of sexual assault. The Los Angeles Laker has an endorsement deal with the Portland, Ore., brand estimated to be worth at least $40 million. A Nike spokesman said Saturday: “We are pleased to have a relationship with Kobe Bryant. He is a great player. Kobe has stated he is innocent of the charges filed Friday.
“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