Zac Posen traveled to the Lone Star State last week for a whirlwind visit, culminating with his fall runway show, which Saks Fifth Avenue invited him to stage at a 250-guest luncheon to benefit the Houston Grand Opera.
“Houston was incredible,” Posen said. “The women and seeing how they make designer clothing and my clothing come to life, and how they create whole outfits out of it....It’s really finding the place in America where there is true sophistication and connoisseurs of Zac Posen.”
The three-day trip kicked off April 20 when Becca Cason Thrash, a longtime friend and client of Posen’s, opened her home to welcome him and a gaggle of local socialites for a “Glamour Girls, Night Out”-themed event. The group of 60 or so then moved on for a dinner at acclaimed eatery Cafe Annie.
“It is the highest concentration of market research and inspiration I can find,” Posen said.
The partying continued the next day, when Gracie Cavanar, a supporter of the Grand Opera, was host at a pre-benefit dinner in the designer’s honor at her home. Posen enlisted Lynn Wyatt as his date for the night, and she wore one of his white suits. It featured a revealing back slit that was mirrored in her blouse, offering a peek of skin.
Between the women and the frocks, Posen found time to explore the city’s art collections, starting with Thrash’s new collection of Richard Prince pieces, as well as a private tour of The Menil Collection and the Cy Twombly museum, and a visit to the city’s Rothko Chapel. He also toured the Manil home, which was created by Phillip Johnson with interiors by Charles James, a designer Posen admires.
On Wednesday, Posen staged his fall runway show during a luncheon at the Zaza hotel, which was followed by a champagne reception and shopping event at a pop-up Saks boutique at the hotel. “We were able to sell numerous special-order pieces from the show, from the Pamela Love for Zac Posen jewelry to the encrusted stockings to gowns,” he said.
The event raised more than $100,000 for the Houston Grand Opera.
“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