The Story: Sir Paul Smith will be present at the inauguration of this year’s Milano Unica textiles and accessories fair on Feb. 6. A special charity event is also lined up that day: a concert tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven put on by the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra with Zubin Mehta as conductor. Requested pledges, which benefit CESVI, a nongovernmental organization focused on human rights, health care and environmental responsibility, start at 20 euros (about $27.)
Mico Anteprima, a trend presentation previewing summer 2014, will take place adjacent to Milano Unica, Feb. 6 to 7. For information, contact anteprima-fair.com. RELATED STORY: The Milan Scene >>
Date: Feb. 6-8
Venue: Palazzo delle Stelline, 61 Corso Magenta, 20123 Milan
Contact: Tel.: +39-02-4801-5026
The Story: Intertex welcomes textile producers and exporters from all over the world. Exhibitors display fabrics, lace, embroidery, yarns, accessories and clothing for men, women and children.
Show: Super Date: Feb. 23-25
Venue: Fiera Milano, Pavilion 3, Piazza VI Febbraio, Milan
Fiera Milano, 1 Piazzale Carlo Magno, 20149 Milan; Tel.: +39-02-49-971
Web: fieramilano.it The Story: Organized jointly by Pitti Immagine and Fiera Milano, in collaboration with the city of Milan, this biannual fair offers a new exhibition space for women’s ready-to-wear and accessories, putting special emphasis on emerging brands and young Italian designers as well as attracting international guest designers and independent retailers.
Architects Peter Bonazzi and Denise Bonapace set up the space especially for Super’s debut edition, which launches in February during women’s fashion week. The location is worth a visit in and of itself: originally completed in 1923 for the Automobile Fair, Pavilion 3, also known as the Palazzo dello Sport (Sports Palace), has hosted everything from athletic events to performances by the Teatro alla Scala. Super is taking over Pitti’s trio of Touch, neoZone and Cloudnine fairs, which have been discontinued, while Fiera Milano is maintaining its MI Milano Pret-à-Porter fair next door.
Show: MI Milano Pret-à-Porter
Date: Feb. 23-25
Venue: Fiera Milano Mico Pavilion, Via Gattamelata, Gate 15, Milan.
Contact: MIPAP; Tel.: +39-02-499-71
The Story: MI Milano Pret-à-Porter, also known as MIPAP, has changed its location and is now neighbor to Super at Fiera Milano’s Mico Pavilion. The strategic placement of the two women’s ready-to-wear and accessories fairs is intended to create a new hub during women’s fashion week. MIPAP will maintain its Iconic section, dedicated to classic, tailored styles, and will expand its Stream section of more casual, trendy looks. Hothouse, the area focused on young designers, is no longer part of the lineup.
Date: March 2-4
Venue: Fieramilano, Strada Statale del Sempione, 28, 20017 Rho, Milan.
Contact: Mido; Tel.: +39-02-3267-3673
The Story: Mido, the massive eyewear fair that saw a total of 42,000 visitors in 2012, has its sights set on bringing even more vision experts to Milan this year. Through a new agreement with Trenitalia, Italy’s national train service, special high-speed charter trains will be available in Rome to bring opticians to Milan for the fair in three hours and at no personal expense. The train will make stops in Florence and Bologna, and in the evenings, a return service will make the same stops.
Visitors to the fair will have access to the Mido Design Lab, dedicated to highly creative eyewear; the Fashion District, home to top fashion brands; the Lenses Pavilion; the Mido Tech area, and the Asian Pavilion, which focuses on Asian eyewear producers. The Otticlub is also organizing workshops and meetings especially for opticians.
Shows: Micam, Mipel, Mifur
Date: March 3-6
Venue: Fieramilano Rho — Pero, 28 Strada Statale del Sempione, 20017 Rho, Milan.
The Story: The Micam, Mipel and Mifur trio of fairs will take place at Fieramilano Rho. Micam is the destination for shoe aficionados, while Mipel and Mifur cater to leather goods (bags, luggage, wallets and more) and fur experts, respectively.
“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