7:30 to 11:00 a.m. -- Health Watch, including wellness profile, blood pressure and glaucoma readings. $20 for members of the American Fashion Association, $25 for nonmembers. Third floor front lobby.
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. -- Display Lab how-to visual center for displays. Seminar Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. Room 5A89.
Thursday, Jan. 20
4:00 to 8:00 p.m. -- Bull's Eye Retailing seminar addressing critical role gross margin plays in the merchandising process and its contribution to a more profitable business. Developed by Liz Tahir, former vice president with D.H. Holmes. Cost is $30 ($25 for VIP Passport members) and includes workbook and dinner. Room 5A89.
Friday, Jan. 21
8:30 a.m. -- Daria Retian, vice president of creative services at Neiman Marcus, presents fashion trends from European runways to Dallas showrooms. Second floor front lobby. 12:00 p.m. -- RMSA Planning for Profit seminar. John Burnside will lead a discussion on the mechanics of merchandising, profit possibilities and merchandise planning. Room 5A89. 12:00 p.m. -- Pat Enstrom of Enstrom Studio presents the latest techniques in displaying accessories in your store. Room 4E09.
6:00 p.m. -- Night of Networking hosted by nationally known consultant T.J. Reid. Dinner included. Tickets $15. Independence Room.
6:00 p.m. -- Summer Collections Trend Show. Leon Hall presents an overview of the best summer looks. Tickets available through sponsoring exhibitors or by attending any seminar, at which passes for the show will be distributed. Third floor, Fashion Theater.
Saturday, Jan. 22
8:00 a.m. -- Market Overview fashion show. Fashion, ranging from traditional lines on the first floor through accessories on the fourth floor, will be shown by product category available in the International Apparel Mart. Third floor, Fashion Theater.
12:00 p.m. -- Merchandising Plan for Accessories Profits seminar on forecasting and planning your merchandise mix to include accessories. Led by T.J. Reid. Room 4E09.12:00 p.m. -- The Organic Revolution: Maximizing Profits and Promotional Opportunities at the Retail Level. Presented by Glenn A. Stinebaugh, president of the EnviroGanics Collection and Jonathan David Apparel. Second floor front lobby.
12:00 p.m. -- Retail Management Business Systems presents "Retail Software: Understanding the Impact of Computerization on the Independent Retailer." This overview is designed for those with little or no knowledge of computers. Ted Skrodzki will discuss what computers can and cannot do, an assessment of the direct and indirect costs of computerizing and guidelines to follow when purchasing software and hardware. Room 5A89.
6:00 p.m. -- Pioneer Wear Dance Extravaganza and Fashion Show. Singing, dancing, food and cash bar plus the '94 line of western outerwear and sportswear. Menswear Mart lobby.
Sunday, Jan. 23 l 8:15 a.m. -- Bridal and Formal Seminar: Increasing Bridal Business with Men's Tuxedo Sales. Second floor front lobby.
12:00 p.m. -- Packaging for Profits seminar presented by Cyndy Douglas of Pollock Papers. Second floor front lobby.
“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