1984: Tommy Hilfiger launches a men's sportswear collection licensed to Murjani.
1985: Hilfiger opens his first freestanding store in Manhattan on Madison Avenue, offering men's wear.
1986: The designer opens his second store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills with talk of it being the launching pad to his pending women's extension.
1988: Hilfiger breaks away from Murjani International Ltd. to become a separate company.
1989: Silas Chou and Lawrence Stroll acquire a majority stake in Tommy Hilfiger Inc. The Murjani license ends.
1992: Tommy Hilfiger goes public, making its debut at $15 a share in September and soaring to $26 in two months.
1995: Hilfiger is bestowed with CFDA's fashion award for men's wear designer of the year.
1996: The designer launches women's sportswear and his first fragrance, Tommy Girl.
2001: Hilfiger buys the license for Tommy Hilfiger Europe from T.H. International NV for $200 million in cash.
2002: The company announces that it will close 37 of its 44 U.S. stores.
2003: Hilfiger steps down as chairman of his company, assuming the title of honorary chairman and principal designer. Then-chief executive officer Joel Horowitz takes over as chairman.
2004: Tommy signs Beyoncé Knowles as the face of True Star to boost his fragrance business; the better-priced H Hilfiger collection launches exclusively at 120 Federated stores with a $10 million marketing budget, and an investigation by the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan begins as a result of 10 shareholder lawsuits filed against the firm. In December, the designer announces that he is buying trademarks for the Karl Lagerfeld name, including Lagerfeld Gallery.
2005: Hilfiger halts the delivery of the H Hilfiger collection with plans to concentrate the line in its own retail stores; the designer's reality show "The Cut" makes its debut on CBS, and the investigation against him is completed with him cleared.
“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