BOLOGNA, Italy — The Accademia del Profumo staged its 22nd annual fragrance awards here at the cavernous Palazzo di Re Enzo on March 18. A jury made up of more than 40,000 consumers who voted in 400 Italian perfumeries, including Coin and La Rinascente department stores, awarded the best fragrance of 2010 for women prize to Gucci Guilty, while Chanel Bleu snagged that category’s title for men in 2010.
A “technical jury,” consisting of the Accademia del Profumo executive committee members voted Love, Chloé as best olfactory creation for women and Voyage d’Hermès as best olfactory creation for men. Ferragamo’s Attimo took the prize for best women’s product made in Italy (in 400-plus sales points) and Bulgari Man, for best men’s product made in Italy (in the same distribution). The top women’s niche award (with a maximum of 400 doors) went to Untitled Martin Margiela and top men’s niche (also with a maximum of 400 doors), to Zegna Forte.
Gucci Guilty won best women’s packaging and Voyage d’Hermès, best men’s packaging. Giorgio Armani’s Aqua di Gioia walked away with the prize for top women’s communication and Bleu de Chanel for the men’s category, in the couple of prizes selected by a “VIP committee” of beauty editors, perfumers and other opinion makers.
“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