Liz Claiborne Inc. is said to be close to a deal to sell the Ellen Tracy brand to a consortium led Windsong Brands, a Westport, Conn.-based private equity firm. A source familiar with the talks said a deal is "close" to completion.
Twirl, ballerina, twirl. Colorful opaque and shimmering metallic legwear are just right for taking a bow. Here, Betsey Johnson Legwear’s nylon and spandex tights, worn with a Sweetface dress and Stuart Weitzman shoes.
Fashion retailers presented a mixed employment picture in December and U.S. producers continued to post declines, as tepid overall job growth and a jump in unemployment sparked concern of a worsening economic forecast.
A third storm in as many days battered much of California on Saturday, and retailers were left struggling to recover from the rain-soaked weekend with lighter than usual traffic evident at malls and stores throughout the state.
January 7, 2008
• Joanna Ramey and Anne Riley-Katz
Talbots Inc., battling weak sales and seeing its stock price tumble, will discontinue its kids’ and men’s businesses by the fall to help the company focus on its core misses’, special sizes, Collection, accessories, shoes and J. Jill operations.
January 7, 2008
• David Moin and Arthur Zaczkiewicz
With the success of novels such as Jhumpa Lahiri’s “The Namesake,” Monica Ali’s “Brick Lane” and, of course, Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner,” South Asia and its immigrants have clearly caught the interest of a contemporary Western readership.
Luxury eyewear company Oliver Peoples has been buffeted by change the last two years, but founder Larry Leight nurtures the vision he had when launching the firm in Los Angeles 20 years ago – creating top quality eyewear with a vintage ethos.
Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. said Friday that it would be closing its remaining 154 D.e.m.o. stores “as soon as is practical,” which follows a strategic review of the business that was announced in October.
“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