Making yet another comeback, the punk movement is the subject of the Costume Institute’s spring exhibition, “Punk: Chaos to Couture.” It’s also the inspiration behind Reed Krakoff’s bold new jewelry collection named Punk Glass, which features a plethora of unique raw glass stones wrapped in flat metal.
The idea came to the designer while he was working on a limited-edition bottle for his fragrance with Italian glassmaker Seguso. At the Murano factory, Krakoff noticed all the excess involved in the hand-blowing process. “I saw all these bins of glass — extra chunks that are essentially pieces that come out of the molds, thrown in a bin to be reused,” Krakoff said. “These were amazing objects. They looked like raw, uncut semiprecious and precious stones and I had this idea. I thought it would be great to repurpose them.”
And so Krakoff had the glass scraps shipped to New York, where they were treated and refined without losing any of their character. The glass stones — both clear and in striking tones like purple, cognac and blue — were then wrapped graphically in gold, gunmetal or silver-plated flat brass metal wire. Some became pendants on leather cords, others were set into bold rings and cuffs. The overall effect is almost brutalist in its rawness, which fits in with the spirit of the Seventies period that inspired the jewels. “When I think about the essence of punk design, it was very much a handmade, do-it-yourself, immediate expression,” Krakoff said.
The collection, which arrives at Reed Krakoff’s Madison Avenue boutique on Wednesday and will be available to select other retailers on consignment, ranges from $590 for glass stone rings set in silver or gunmetal to $990 for gold-plated cuffs.
Krakoff’s reinventions may not end here. “We’ll have another batch of them,” he added. “We are trying to use them in a minaudière, and playing with them in shoes as well.”
“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
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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