Real estate isn’tthe most obvious source of inspiration for a fashion designer, but when you own a mint Gordon Bunshaft-designed building on Fifth Avenue, why not pluck a few ideas from the impressive structure?
Elie Tahari — proud owner of 510 Fifth Avenue, at the corner of 43rd Street — did just that with his spring 2009 accessories collection, which made its debut on the building’s rooftop Thursday.
“We named it the 510, after the building, and [it was] inspired by the Harry Bertoia sculpture on the second floor,” Tahari said of his centerpiece bag (no doubt created with “It” status in mind), a roomy gold python shoulder bag whose colors echo those glinting off Bertoia’s copper, nickel and brass wall piece.
In addition to bags wrapped in skins from stingray to python, Tahari showed thong sandals and clutches, which came off as pretty rather than fussy with delicate jeweled embellishments. The various necklaces, one made of green agate with embroidered metal discs, drew admiring touches from editors (as did a pair of deep-red leather flat sandals, made elegant with straps that wrap up the ankle). Despite a Desperate Housewife of NYC (or two) roaming the David Monn-designed presentation, there was plenty of chic atop Tahari’s tower, proving the designer has come a long way since he launched the accessories category two years ago.
“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