DALLAS — Thanksgiving will be a little sweeter for some victims of Hurricane Sandy, thanks to the Dallas Market Center and Royers Round Top Cafe, which have linked to serve 5,000 slices of gourmet pie to hard-hit areas in New York and New Jersey.
“The pies are just a genuine gesture from the heart for the holidays,” said Bill Winsor, president and chief executive officer of the Dallas Market Center. “We have so many tenants who were affected in New York and New Jersey, and we’ve been talking about what we can do to help. So when Bud Royer called and said he needed an underwriter to help get these pies up there, I said count us in.”
Royers is one of those inimitable Texas gems, a 38-seat café that’s earned national accolades despite its rural location in a town of 90 midway between Austin and Houston. Winsor has a ranch near Round Top, so he and the café owner go way back.
The companies are also collecting donations so they can hand out $25 gift cards for home improvement and general merchandise retailers.
Tara Royer Steele, whose title at her parents’ café is “pie queen,” explained that her father plans to give away 650 pies at five to seven locations that will be determined by need.
“It’ll be an assortment of chocolate chip, original buttermilk, buttermilk delight and pumpkin pies,” Steele explained. “We’ll have them there by Thanksgiving.”
“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