It wasn’t a passion for fashion that brought shoppers out in frigid temperatures to line up around the block of Saks Fifth Avenue on Thursday afternoon: It was the promise of free beauty products. As part of a settlement for a class action suit — Azizian, et al. v. Federated Department Stores Inc., et al., docket no. 4:03-CV-03359-SBA — 14 retailers, including Saks, Bergdorf Goodman, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom, began distributing $175 million worth of complimentary cosmetics to consumers Tuesday. Class members were eligible to receive one free cosmetics product from a list of brands named in the suit if they had purchased from the named companies from May 29, 1994, to July 16, 2003. The extensive list of manufacturer names included Clarins, Estée Lauder, Guerlain, Lancôme and Dior. Products are being distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and no rain checks will be issued. “We heard there were free Chanel products and perfumes,” said Ali Rodriguez of Brooklyn while waiting to enter Saks. “I’m here for something good.” Although there was much anticipation among the crowd about which free items would be handed out, there was palpable disappointment on faces emerging from Saks’ doors. “I got one thing and it’s a shower gel for men,” said Rodriguez after receiving her free product. “What am I going do to with this?”
“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