MILAN — Giorgio Armani is adding Egyptian beachfront villas to his Residences project under the partnership with Emaar Properties PJSC SpA.
The villas will be located in Marassi, Emaar’s flagship resort development in Egypt on the Sidi Abdel Rahman Bay facing the Mediterranean Sea. Marassi, two hours from Cairo, is the master-planned community developed by Emaar Misr, Emaar’s wholly owned country subsidiary. No opening date has been set.
Armani said he “integrated several elements that capture the serenity and calm of beachfront living.” The designer said he was “keen to present residents with personalized living spaces that conveyed the comfort, simplicity and understated elegance — cornerstones of the Armani Residences offering.”
Each villa covers 2,700 to 5,400 square feet and features a private pool and will be furnished with an exclusive range of Armani Casa home designs. Common areas include a reception, drop-off points, retail outlets, a boardwalk lounge, a health club, a resort club, a screening room, swimming pools and a pool deck.
The world’s first Armani Hotel and Residences in Dubai’s Burj Dubai is expected to open next year, followed by one in Milan in 2010. The first Armani Resort will open in Marrakech, Morocco, and other hotels are slated to open in New York, Shanghai and London.
“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