Although it’s that time of year when retailers battle each other tooth and nail for business, on Madison Avenue there’s a collaborative disposition this week.
Graff, Georg Jensen, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Mulberry and Missoni are among 85 retailers from 57th to 86th Streets participating in “Miracle Saturday” on Dec. 7 by donating 20 percent of their sales — up to $15,000 — to support the pediatric initiatives of The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. That’s 25 more than last year’s miracle day, according to the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District which organizes the event. “The season of giving has been imbued with the spirit of partnership on Madison Avenue,” said Matthew Bauer, president of the Madison Avenue BID. “This is a 27-year philanthropic tradition supporting children in need.”
The event gets promoted in grand style on Thursday, when The Society of MSKCC president Martha Vietor Glass, along with event chairs Muffie Potter Aston and Courtney Arnot, flip the switch to ignite the “shooting stars” on the lamp poles along Madison Avenue. The Hewitt Carolers, a choir of second graders, will also be performing.
Town & Country magazine, for the first time, is the media partner for the day and has created a 44-page gift guide for the Madison Avenue retailers for the December issue focusing on philanthropy. The magazine will give another lift to the cause by stationing editors in the stores Saturday to help shoppers with selections and styling tips.
“It will be a personalized experience that Town & Country editors bring to the avenue,” said Jennifer Levene Bruno, the magazine’s publisher. Town & Country also created a gift guide for Rodeo Drive retailers, polybagged with magazines distributed on the West Coast. Rodeo Drive retailers are conducting their own charity efforts.
“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