NEW YORK — Splendid and Ella Moss have inked an exclusive licensing deal with New York Transit Inc. to create women’s shoes for each label.Both contemporary brands, owned by VF Corp., will unveil their collections at the Fashion Footwear Association of New York trade show — Splendid in August for a spring 2012 rollout and Ella Moss in December for fall 2012 deliveries.“With Splendid and ella Moss continuing to experience tremendous success in the apparel category, adding footwear is a natural progression as both expand into global lifestyle brands,” said Jonathan Saven, president of Splendid and Ella Moss.Splendid, synonymous since its 2002 launch for soft T-shirts and an ultracomfortable lifestyle collection, will offer more than 50 styles that include sandals and wedges. Retail price points will range from $79 to $129, comprised from materials such as washed canvas, striped canvas and soft leathers.For Ella Moss, the offerings will be heavily vintage and Seventies glam inspired, and infused with feminine touches. Offerings will retail from $129 to $250 and include boots, heels and casual styles.“The two footwear lines will differ drastically from each other, as each brand has its own distinct identity and personality. Splendid shoes will emulate the brand’s comfortable, easy lifestyle with a casual, classic assortment. Ella Moss will be a more fashion-forward collection to accompany the brand’s signature modern, feminine style,” Saven said.
“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