NEW YORK — Rather than turn to an emerging designer or celebrity, Nine West’s next collaboration is with another retailer — Kirna Zabête.
The Jones Group Inc.-owned brand is teaming up with Kirna Zabête owners Sarah Easley and Beth Buccini for a six-month shoe collaboration. Kirna Zabête at Nine West will kick off in February and feature monthly shoe groups comprising high-heel, midheel, flat and flip-flop designs.
“I have always been obsessed with Kirna Zabête, as Beth and Sarah’s curated assortment each season celebrates the best in designer fashion with a consistent point of view,” said Stefani Greenfield, chief creative officer of The Jones Group, herself a former retailer having founded Scoop.
Styles from the collaboration will be priced at retail from $49 to $169, and sold at select Nine West stores, Ninewest.com, Kirna Zabête, Kirnazabete.com and several select online partners.
Kirna Zabête is the latest in a string of design collaborations at Nine West, which have included Pamela Love, Fiona Kotur, Sophie Theallet, Giles Deacon, Joss Stone and Kate Ciepluch. Easley and Buccini recently amped up their profile when they partnered with Target on a limited run women’s ready-to-wear collection. Footwear is new to their repertoire. “We’ve never designed shoes before,” Easley said. “And yet we always get dressed from the ground up,” Buccini added.
“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