Shopper: Vera Jiang, 25 Date/Time: 5.12.2011, 2:12 p.m. Store: The Body Shop Location: 71-03 Austin Street What's in Vera's Bag Vera Jiang, a 25-year-old graduate student at Columbia University, visited The Body Shop in Forest Hills on a Thursday afternoon to browse the cosmetics and skin care. “I came in because I needed body massage oil and saw there was a sale, so I started shopping,” says Jiang, who moved to New York from China two-and-a-half years ago and is working on a PhD in archeology. Jiang says she prefers shopping online for beauty products and names her favorite brands as Lancôme, Olay and Kiehl’s. “Normally I find something I like and just keep refilling it,” she says. “I’ll usually buy hair care at drugstores, and overall have a very simple beauty philosophy.” On this day, The Body Shop was offering “buy three get one free” on skin care and makeup. “I didn’t know too much about the products and which would be good for me,” says Jiang. “The saleswoman gave me good recommendations but wasn’t pushy.” Jiang liked the experience enough to say she’d be back in the future.
Shopper: Sonia Rahman,29 Date/Time: 5.12.2011, 3:23 p.m. Store: Duane Reade Location: 107-16 Continental Avenue What's in Sonia's Bag Sonia Rahman, a 29-year-old Richmond Hill resident, stopped by Duane Reade after lunching with a friend in Forest Hills. “I’m drawn towards soothing products and brands that work for sensitive skin,” says Rahman, who adds, “I love candles and anything vanilla-scented.” Currently enrolled in photography and ceramics classes part-time, Rahman says she is always looking for new brands and products that won’t irritate her skin and that will fit easily into her streamlined beauty routine. “I avoid anything with too many chemicals in it,” she says. Rahman, who is originally from Bangladesh, says she is influenced by Indian beauty culture and couldn’t live without head-to-toe moisturizing and black eyeliner. “It’s part of who I am,” says Rahman. “I like to keep it pretty basic but also like a little glamour from time to time.” Naming her favorite brands as MAC and Clinique, Rahman says she isn’t afraid to try new products. “I’ll try almost anything once, but if it makes me break out I won’t use it again,” she says.
“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