LONDON — Paul Smith Jeans has teamed with Barbour, the British heritage outerwear label, to create a capsule collection of rugged designs for men and women. The line for fall 2012, called The Land and the Sea, takes its cues from Barbour’s 19th-century beginnings on England’s northeast coast, fashioning workwear for shipbuilding, mining and fishing.
Looks in the collection include the Seafarer, a men’s jacket in beeswax cotton lined with a striped Breton fabric, and the Fieldman Trad, a men’s jacket done in a patchwork of different waxed cotton materials. Women’s designs include the Beadnell, a jacket in polka-dot waxed cotton, and the International, a belted waxed cotton jacket with floral lining. The line also includes T-shirts, shirts, jeans and cord pants.
Smith said, “I have always been a fan of Barbour and this has been a great opportunity to collaborate on a collection that combines the British heritage and identities of both companies.”
Ian Bergin, head of men’s wear at Barbour, added, “By bringing together Barbour and Paul Smith Jeans, two very British companies, we have created a collection that is unique and fun, yet still reflects the core values of the Barbour brand.”
Prices for the line start at 39.95 pounds, or around $63 at current exchange, for a T-shirt and rise to 449 pounds, or $710, for the men’s Seafarer jacket. The collection launches Sept. 1 at Barbour stores in the U.K. and online at Barbour.com.
“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