Three designers were selected to participate in the inaugural fall-winter 2014 Blackglama Design Initiative. Bibhu Mohapatra, Brandon Sun and Tome were invited to use Blackglama mink in creative ways in their fall collections, which will be shown during New York Fashion Week.
Joe Morelli, president and chief executive officer of Blackglama, said, “Blackglama seeks to support and build lasting relationships with designers who embrace mink as a creative material, who are inspired by the limitless potential that mink brings to their collections and who are excited to position mink as an integral part of their collection.”
Tome will present its collection today at the Pavilion at Lincoln Center, and Sun will show today at Industria Studios.
Tome is designed by Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin. Martin has had a long association with mink, having worked at Alberta Ferretti, Jean Paul Gaultier, Derek Lam and J.Mendel, where he learned how to handle fur. Lobo was exposed to fur by such companies as Marni, Rick Owens and Fendi. The duo began Tome in 2011. The following year they won the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award for women’s wear, and in 2013, were nominated for a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award. Tome is sold to such stores as Saks Fifth Avenue, Net-a-porter, Moda Operandi and Ikram.
Sun, who graduated from Parsons The New School for Design, previously worked for J.Mendel and Oscar de la Renta. Through 2010 and 2011, Sun collaborated with American Legend for the relaunch of the Blackglama ad campaign, which featured Janet Jackson.
Sun’s fall 2013 collection featured fur and for spring 2014, he proved his skills as a fur designer through an intarsia mink bomber jacket worn over a fluid silk dress with a plunging V-neck and contrasting piping. Sun sells to such stores as Bergdorf Goodman, Saks and Hirshleifer’s.
Mohapatra, who will show Feb. 12 at the Pavilion at Lincoln Center, sells to such stores as Bergdorf’s, Neiman Marcus and Lane Crawford. Born in India and a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Mohapatra was a finalist for a 2010 Fashion Group International Rising Star Award in women’s apparel and in 2011, won the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award.
About the Blackglama recognition, he said: “The materials that they have so generously provided work perfectly with my fall 2014 collection, which explores a journey into the spirituality and landscapes of Tibetan culture.”
Mike McCrea, vice president of marketing for Blackglama, said the company provided funds and materials to create the Blackglama styles. “We wanted to get out of their way and let them be creative and push the products to new limits,” he said. Each of the designers created three to five looks, including accessories, using Blackglama. “We didn’t influence them in any way. They’re all young, talented and creative individuals. We’re providing support but didn’t want to influence the direction,” said McCrea.
“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