It seems fitting that Sarah Graham is based in San Francisco. No, she doesn't roam The Haight weaving string necklaces or beading hair, but the jewelry designer does work with locally grown hemp and 100 percent recycled gold, and derives her design ideas from the outdoors.
"Nature is a huge inspiration for me," said Graham, president and designer of Sarah Graham Metalsmithing. "We cast a lot from nature, so people will bring me a leaf or something really beautiful and unique and say, 'I want this made for me.' It's great because half the design is already done for me."
Graham started her firm nine years ago and has since become involved in the recycled metal movement. All of the 18-karat gold and steel she uses in her collections comes from recycled pieces. She sources all her metals from refineries, and then creates her pieces with the melted gold and steel. Anything she doesn't use, she sends back.
"There's so much gold out there already," said Graham. "It just makes sense. We should all be doing it. Gold mineries are simply not great for the environment."
Alex and Ani creator and designer Carolyn Rafaelian also uses 100 percent recycled metal for her contemporary jewelry line, as well as any private label work she does for brands such as Arden B. and Bebe. Based in Rhode Island, Rafaelian works out of the same factory her father did when he manufactured jewelry in 1966. "We have very strict guidelines," said Rafaelian. "Nothing is wasted or dumped or eliminated. It's about the integrity of the product."
“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