DALLAS -- This past October, Richard D. Eiseman Jewels here became the first U.S. retailer to carry the fine jewelry of London designer Elizabeth Gage in an in-store boutique. Until now, Gage has sold her work in the U.S. only through private showings...
DALLAS -- This past October, Richard D. Eiseman Jewels here became the first U.S. retailer to carry the fine jewelry of London designer Elizabeth Gage in an in-store boutique. Until now, Gage has sold her work in the U.S. only through private showings typically held at hotels. Her own shop on Abermarle Street in London has been open since 1984. "She does a wonderful business in the States," commented Richard Eiseman Jr., who owns and operates the store. "Her jewelry is so wearable and translates easily from day to night. We're having a couple of functions to welcome her, and the phone calls from our clients have been ecstatic." Eiseman was selected as the first jeweler to stock the collection because it offers the same kind of personal attention as Gage does in her London store. "We feel Texas as a whole is a good market for us," Simpson added. Gage will continue to stage private showings of her collection once annually in New York and Los Angeles. After seeing how the retail relationship with Eiseman works, the company will probably sell to additional U.S. stores, Simpson added. A full range of Gage's earrings, necklaces and rings will be prominently displayed at the front of the Eiseman store in NorthPark Center here. "Because the majority of the jewels are comfortably priced between $2,000 and $10,000, we anticipate a strong response," he added. Simpson said she expects Eiseman will sell more than $500,000 a year of Gage's pieces, but Eiseman declined to comment on sales projections. Gage, an English blue blood, designs classic one-of-a-kind pieces that mix 18-karat gold with pearls, precious stones, ancient coins and antique amulets. About 25 percent of her business is in commissioned pieces. Other designer collections at Eiseman, established in 1965, include Henry Dunay, Michael Bondanza and Faberge.
“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
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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