It was perhaps inevitable that Marin Hopper would wind up a designer, given her artistic provenance. The daughter of late actor, painter and photographer Dennis Hopper and writer Brooke Hayward, Hopper grew up in the Hollywood Hills surrounded by artists such as David Hockney and Ed Ruscha and designers Rudi Gernreich and James Galanos. But she decided to name her line of handbags for her maternal grandfather, producer, agent and aviator Leland Hayward.
“He had exquisite taste in women and loved making things, from movies to movie stars to airplanes,” recalled Hopper, who pored over old photos that Hayward took of his third wife, Slim Keith, in Bermuda as the inspiration for her resort 2014 collection. (Hopper began making evening clutches for friends two years ago but resort marked the first full collection for wholesale.)
The shapes are simple — crescent and rectangular evening clutches and hobo, sack and tote day bags — but the materials are rich in color and texture. There’s wave-embossed calf hair inspired by the ocean, sueded python and a cork basket-weave pattern fused to canvas. The brass plate on the evening clutch is a deconstructed “H” from her grandfather’s personal font.
Prices range from $550 to $1,100 wholesale. The line sells at Salt in Venice Beach and Savannah in Santa Monica, Calif. An e-commerce site launches next month. For spring, Hopper is expanding her palette with painted stripes on leather, python and color-blocked linen and linen-suede combos. She also plans to extend her range to unisex small leather goods and men’s bags.
“I’ve always loved men’s accessories; I covered the men’s fashion market for Mirabella magazine in the Nineties and consulted on Tod’s Kerouac collection,” she said. She also served as style director and fashion editor at Elle from 1994 to 2000. Hopper likens her bags to exclamation points at the end of a sentence, noting, “The Hayward woman uses accessories as just another way of punctuating her style.”
“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