Reed Krakoff’s office for the brand that bears his name is strictly modernist — much like that of an architect. Gray felt chairs with a Bauhaus touch line a white central table that’s topped with bowls filled with markers and drawing pens. Design books are stacked on industrial shelves, while an eclectic mix of art — a Basquiat painting, a Patti Smith drawing, a Frank Stella sculpture —is on display in the space. “They’re all pretty disparate, but something holds them together,” Krakoff says, pointing to the artwork. “I think it’s that mix that makes it interesting and unique.”
That mix is a philosophy he brings to his designs as well. Two years since launching the Reed Krakoff brand of clothes, fragrance and accessories, the latter has emerged as the top category, now accounting for the lion’s share of sales. If the ready-to-wear had some early growing pains, Krakoff’s accessories displayed a healthy momentum since the get-go. Shortly after the label’s debut, Michelle Obama was spotted carrying Krakoff’s blue leather Ribbon tote. Retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Net-a-porter.com have embraced the line, and, along the way, Krakoff has become increasingly recognized as a go-to designer for bags in exotic skins like crocodile and python. This past June, the Council of Fashion Designers of America honored Krakoff with the prestigious 2012 Accessory Designer of the Year award.
“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