“It’s such an honor for me to present my first men’s collection at Pitti: it’s a unique occasion to show the line’s integrated vision with our strong and authentic expressive signature style,” Melbostad said. “I want to reinforce the fundamental values which identify the collection, introducing my sensibility at the same time. In this perspective, I appreciate the support of Renzo Rosso, who trusts and inspires me.”
“We have been appreciating Melbostad’s talent for many years and we are very curious to see him at work on the Florentine scene also because the fair’s next edition will have a focus on music,” said Pitti Immagine chief executive officer Raffaello Napoleone. “According to Melbostad’s recent statements, we imagine that the Diesel Black Gold man will keep having a rock inspiration combined with an urban sensibility and a more sartorial approach, trendy and functional.”
Brazilian-born Casasola will be Pitti’s guest women’s wear designer. She noted that Pitti and Florence have a particular resonance for her. “It’s just so amazing because it goes back to my Italian heritage. I produce everything in Tuscany, I started my fashion career there when I was working for Cavalli, and I lived in Florence for two years — so it has so much meaning for me to be doing this and especially at this time, after our first show in London,” said the London-based designer.
Casasola will show a collection that introduces tailoring and men’s wear influences to her refined lineup. “We are going to show something that we haven’t done before,” she said. “I’m going to offer other things to the woman that I design for; inspired by men’s wear and, in a way, by Pitti itself because it is a men’s trade show. I love tailoring and I want to explore that side of my woman,” she said.
“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