Geoffrey M. Skolnick has been named senior vice president of Amerex (USA), a New York importer of women's, children's and men's outerwear and sportswear. It is a new post.
Skolnick, who will be responsible for operations and finance, was most recently executive vice president of Accessory Network Group. He reports to Stuart M. Cohen, executive vice president and chief financial officer.
Dimitri Uomo Ltd. is reentering the wholesale arena for fall 1994 with separate women's and men's collections under the Dimitri Donna, Dimitri Couture and Dimitri Uomo labels.
The new company is a joint venture between designer Piero Dimitri and Nervesa Moda Uomo, a manufacturing firm based in Trevos, Italy. Vincent D'Eletto, who was the company's director of sales before it dropped wholesale operations 10 years ago, has been named vice president of sales, overseeing all divisions.
Dimitri's made-to-order studios in New York and West Hollywood, Calif., will continue.
Dimitri Donna, a women's ready-to-wear collection, will wholesale for $175 to $450. D'Eletto projects first-year volume at $2.5 million for the Donna division.
Dimitri Couture, a line of men's tailored clothes, Dimitri Uomo, a men's casual collection, and the Donna line are designed by Piero Dimitri and manufactured in Italy by Nervesa. Showrooms for the collections have opened at 46 West 55th St., New York.
Prior to rejoining the company, D'Eletto was national sales manager for Sereti Ltd., a women's leather outerwear and separates firm based in New York.
MUTO AT THE OPERA
Anthony Muto, who has been the head designer for such firms as Adele Simpson and Joan Raines, has done the costumes for the current Opera Manhattan production of "Le Marchand de Venise" by Reynaldo Hahn. It runs through Wednesday in the main sanctuary of St. Peter's Church at the Citicorp Center in New York. It's Muto's second venture with opera. Last spring he designed the costumes for the same company's production of Faure's "Penelope."
EVA DOES DRESSES
Designer Eva Chun has opened a separate dress division for spring under the Eva Dresses label. Chun said the line is focused on "classic occasion dressing" and will wholesale for $270 to $300. This is well below Chun's signature collection, which wholesales for $500 to $1,500 and concentrates on day-into-evening ensemble dressing."The collection is real investment dressing," Chun said. "The idea with the new division is to offer something more affordable that's not a huge investment."
Chun projects volume at $1 million to $2 million for the division's first year, which begins with shipments at the end of this month. The five-year-old company had a sales of $3.5 million in 1993.
Short, simple fit-and-flare and A-line shapes are important, Chun said, as are dresses with jackets. Key fabrics include silk satin, silk organza, silk moire and rayon and cotton lace.
“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