GLITZY GAMS: Doo-Ri Chung didn’t intend for her crystal- and sequin-studded tights to cause a major stir among fashion insiders. The designer created them months before her fall fashion show for a photo shoot, where she felt her clothes called for some playful accoutrements. But once she saw the results, she decided to create enough to complete almost every look for her fall show.
“It was a long and arduous process,” Chung said. “We were here many nights. At the end, when we knew how many looks we had, we had to create extra pairs and it looked crazy in our studio with all of these leg forms everywhere. It’s amazing how many people want to purchase these pieces. We need to tell them they’re not functional — you can’t cross your legs. They’re more for styling tools.”
While Chung isn’t selling these specific tights, the attention sparked her curiosity enough to move forward with designing a small group of leggings and contemplating a full line for next spring. Chung said she is aware of the strength of the category today.
“I would love to use studs or bring something in that could be smooth on the surface,” the designer said. “Legwear is so important because women today see themselves in complete looks, and with how big accessories have become, they see how models are on the runway and that’s how they want to get dressed.” I DEFINITELY DO: Cole Haan has been bitten by the bridal bug. The accessories firm is launching a collection for brides craving a bit of comfort on their big day. All styles feature Nike Air technology, hidden among the line’s silk satin white and ivory heels. Cole Haan is owned by Nike Inc. All styles retail between $298 and $428 and will be carried at select Cole Haan locations, on colehaan.com and at Kleinfeld’s in Manhattan. Cole Haan will also offer a “dye to black” service for select styles, ensuring a reusable heel for post-wedding wear.
“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