Some 221 international brands will be exhibiting at the next Intimate Apparel Salon, which runs March 2-4.
Continuing to be staged at the Millennium Broadway Hotel at 145 West 44th Street, Elly Ahn-McCloud, trade show manager of the Messe Frankfurt/Intimate Apparel Salon alliance, said the salon has been a regular pit stop for retailers from major department and specialty stores, as well as small specialty operations for more than a decade.
A highlight of the March edition will be a sales office at the hotel, which will be dedicated exclusively to the upcoming fair in August at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The sales area will feature an oversized floor plan with visuals.
"We feel it is important that people will be able to visualize the direction the show is going in the future," said Ahn-McCloud.
She noted that the expanded August edition will reflect a change in the exhibition structure with a "far more international direction, particularly South America. But we realize that the backbone of the show will continue to be the loyal and original exhibitors of the Millennium show, the vendors that Carol Bigman has had since the show’s inception."
Ahn-McCloud said all levels of the show in August will be enhanced through a full schedule of fashion shows, trend seminars and a variety of amenities for buyers to relax and work in a spacious setting. She emphasized that among the most important elements of the updated format in August will be the range of options for exhibitors to choose customized or standard booths.
"We want exhibitors to say ‘OK, I have a choice here and I can set it up the way I want,’" she said. "Some vendors want custom booths or what we call raw space, an environment in which a construction company can come in and personalize a vendor’s booth."
Ahn-McCloud added that this "additional flexibility will give buyers the opportunity to see product in a fashionable and beautiful setting, enhancing the trade show experience."
“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
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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