Pippa Small is known for traveling the globe in search of inspiration for her jewelry. Now, the fine jewelry designer is planting international roots with the opening of her first U.S. freestanding boutique. The boutique will open in November in Los Angeles in the Melrose neighborhood and will span 800 square feet. “I love the area, it’s up-andcoming, interesting and a little less obvious,” says Small, adding that the boutique will have a lounge feel, with regular exhibitions and displays of her jewelry collaborations with indigenous peoples such as the Batwa Pygmies of Rwanda and the Kuna in Panama. The store will also stock Small’s complete collection of jewelry, known for its organic forms using crystals, pebble-shaped stones and soft gold. Prices for the line run from 300 pounds, or $593 at current exchange, for a pair of gold earrings to 3,000 pounds, or $5,934, for a gold necklace set with diamonds. Canadian-born Small launched her first boutique last year in West London and her collection is carried at stores including The Cross and Browns in the U.K. and Barneys New York in the U.S. Small spends 50 percent of the year traveling, and this year the designer was made an ambassador for Survival International, a charity dedicated to helping trade with indigenous people across the world. Next up, Small will unveil her latest collaboration with craftsmen in Afghanistan, inspired by Bactrian treasure.
“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