PARIS — The opera house here was bathed in pink light Wednesday evening as part of The Estée Lauder Cos. Inc.’s Breast Cancer Awareness campaign. Also projected onto the building were silhouettes of the operation’s iconic ribbons and the words “20 ans” (or 20 years, in English), to mark the movement’s anniversary.
William Lauder, executive chairman of the company; the program’s ambassador Elizabeth Hurley, and Henk van der Mark, president of the Estée Lauder Cos. France were present both at the theater and across the street, in the Intercontinental Paris Le Grand hotel, where related events took place.
Displayed around the parameter of one of its vast, majestic rooms were 40 photographs of people impacted by breast cancer. They were contenders for the first edition of the Estée Lauder Companies Pink Ribbon Photo Award, whose theme was “Pink Positive” and winners were announced.
Hundreds of guests at the soirée watched a milestone video featuring Evelyn H. Lauder, the founder of the BCA campaign and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, who passed away almost a year ago.
At one point in the evening, Ruban Rose (or pink ribbon) awards were granted to five cancer researchers — Anne Vincent-Salomon, Sylvain Provot, Philippe Juin, Sabine Noal and Eric Jadaud — by the association Le Cancer du Sein, Parlons-En! (or Breast Cancer, Let's Talk About It!), which the Estée Lauder company helped found. Altogether, the prizes amounted to 150,000 euros, or $194,089 at current exchange.
In France, proceeds from the sale of The Evelyn Lauder Dream Collection of products, such as a heart-shaped compact, enameled pink-ribbon pin, lipstick, lip gloss and Perfectionist [CP+R] serum, will go to that association.
Meanwhile, the opera house won’t be the only building in Paris to sport a pink blush; the Montparnasse Tower will have a rosy glow, as well, through the end of October.
“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