NEW YORK — Unmistakable with his signature glasses and towering frame, Peter Dundas greeted shoppers and Saks Fifth Avenue executives here Tuesday afternoon before signing the Key to the Cure T-shirts he designed for this year’s initiative.
Dundas didn’t think twice about getting involved. “Women’s cancer, breast cancer in particular, seems to be so rampant still today,” he said. “My mother died from breast cancer and there were other people in the company that had that same experience, so when the opportunity came I seized it with two hands.”
Once work appointments were squared away, Dundas planned to catch up with friends over dinner at The Lion, do a little shopping at Melet Mercantile and possibly see the exhibition of Edward Hopper sketches at the Whitney Museum of Art. “Very often I prefer the sketches of artists. I sketch a lot myself. When you see the sketches, you can really feel the hand of the artist,” he said.
As for Pucci, Dundas said he is working on its new eyewear line, and he will be visiting the brand’s new stores to make sure “everything looks right and that the world of Pucci stays the way it is in Florence no matter where in the world it is.”
On Tuesday night, Dundas took his friend Ciara to a KTTC cocktail party at Jamie Tisch’s apartment where Harley Viera-Newton DJ’d. Cohost Debra Messing, an Entertainment Industry Foundation Women’s Cancer Research Fund ambassador, had to bow out unexpectedly, but Laudomia Pucci, Alessandra Carra, Pierre-Yves Roussel, Stephen I. Sadove and Terron Schaefer were in the crowd, as were Beth Stern, Michael Strahan and Johan Lindeberg.
Having seen interest in KTTC build during his tenure as chairman and chief executive officer of Saks Inc., Sadove said the company’s entire team gets behind the campaign year-after-year by wearing KTTC shirts and showing enthusiasm for the project. Sadove, who had a sister who died from breast cancer at the age of 35, said shoppers appreciate that a percentage of the proceeds from the limited-edition shirts benefit breast cancer awareness and research.”So many people have issues with cancer. Anything that helps raise awareness and encourages people to get screenings is good.”
“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