WHO ARE YOU CHARLIE?: Such was the cryptic message on the invitation to a cocktail hosted by Lancel Tuesday evening in Paris, and everyone had their own view on the subject.
“Charlie Chaplin,” said actress Joana Preiss, who will begin shooting in Spain this September a movie she wrote.
“Charlie’s Angels,” said novelist Eliette Abécassis. “I love playing ‘Charlie’s Angels’ when I was little. I was Jaclyn,” she added, referring to Jaclyn Smith, who played the role of Kelly in the hit TV series.
“Charlie is the boy who is attractive to girls,” said Solène Hebert. It turns out that the rising actress and model, who appeared in Jalil Lespert’s “Yves Saint Laurent” biopic last year and has also modeled for several luxury brands, was actually sporting the true answer on her arm.
For the Compagnie Financière Richemont-owned brand, Charlie is the first creation by the house’s new creative director Nicole Stulman, who has been charged with reviving the storied brand, giving it a more upscale positioning and making it appeal to today’s consumers.
The Charlie is a 48-hour bag inspired by Lancel’s archives from the Sixties.
It was unveiled in the Cour du Mûrier, a hidden courtyard with frescoed galleries in Paris’ Beaux-Arts, with a jazz band playing in the background, giving a nostalgic Saint-Germain vibe, ahead of an official launch during women’s ready-to-wear in September.
The core Charlie line is made of buffalo leather and will initially be available in black, red and alabaster in two sizes starting September, while python, ostrich and water-snake versions will also be available. The range will be expanded next spring with more colors and shapes.
“It was supposed to only be launched next spring,” said Lancel chief executive officer Marianne Romestain, who joined the brand in February. “But when we saw it we all loved it so much that we decided to launch it early.
“Nicole will be working on a complete repositioning of the brand,” Romestain continued. “We want to make people fall in love with [it] again.”
“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