Talent is always in demand. These top shoe designers create collections for fashion's biggest labels as well as their own lines. Here's how they juggle both.
Brian Atwood Lines: Brian Atwood ($500 to $5,000, at Net-a-porter.com); Bally ($300 to $950, at Bally stores worldwide). Celebrity Sightings: Demi Moore, Fergie, Anne Hathaway, Eva Mendes, Kelly Ripa, Madonna. In Her Words: “There is, of course, a lot of balancing of time and back-and-forth, but I never like to be in the same place too long, so it keeps the inspiration flowing.”
Jonathan Kelsey Lines: Jonathan Kelsey ($550 to $1,500, at Jeffrey, New York, 212.206.1272); Jonathan Kelsey for Mulberry ($550 to $1,500, at Mulberry stores worldwide); Emilio Pucci ($350 to $1,500, at Emilio Pucci stores worldwide). Celebrity Sightings: Amy Winehouse, Debra Messing, Kate Bosworth, Natalia Vodianova. In Her Words: “Creatively, I think it’s actually preferable to work with different people and companies at the same time. It often entails thinking outside my comfort zone.”
Claudia Ciuti Lines: Claudia Ciuti ($299 to $450, at Claudia Ciuti, New York, 212.535.3025); Badgley Mischka Couture ($500 to $650, at Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, 212.753.4000). Celebrity Sightings: Ivanka Trump, Vanessa Williams, Jodie Foster. In Her Words: “Designing multiple lines is always fun. It mainly involves giving different personalities to the various brands and fashion concepts.”
Georgina Goodman Lines: Georgina Goodman ($240, at The Shoe Box, New York, 212.877.2846); Alexander McQueen ($700 to $1,800, at Alexander McQueen, New York, 212.645.1797); Casadei ($250 to $1,000, at Zappos.com). Celebrity Sightings: Thandie Newton, Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Mischa Barton, Keira Knightley. In Her Words: “I love it. It gives me the opportunity to express myself in totally new and different arenas. I also learn a lot by working with bigger and differing businesses.”
“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