NEW YORK — On Oct. 27, the Fashion Group International will stage its annual Night of Stars gala, and this year’s Superstar Award honor will go to Stephen I. Sadove for Saks Fifth Avenue.
Sadove is president and chief executive officer of Saks.
The retailer is joining a list of previous recipients of the award, which includes Karl Lagerfeld, Donna Karan, Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Tom Ford and the Lauder family.
“With this year’s theme, ‘The Luminaries,’ Fashion Group has selected individuals and companies who reflect the very definition of the word luminary,” FGI president Margaret Hayes said. “Each of our honorees are clearly brilliant achievers and stars. Steve Sadove’s leadership at Saks Fifth Avenue has transformed the company into a retailing superstar.”
The event’s Star honorees include Raf Simons, Giambattista Valli and Kate and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte in the fashion category; François Nars in beauty, and Julianne Moore in entertainment. Daphne Guinness, who raised quite a few eyebrows last year when she showed up at the gala in a sheer top that left little to the imagination, will receive a Fashion Provocateur award. Andrew Rosen will pick up the night’s Corporate Leadership Award, while Lauren Bush will be bestowed the Humanitarian Award. FGI is also honoring Wanda Ferragamo with the Board of Directors Legend Award.
Simon Doonan will reprise his role as host of the evening, which will take place at Cipriani at 55 Wall Street, and Ruben Toledo will once again provide the artwork for the awards. Lord & Taylor is the event’s lead sponsor, while Givaudan, Arcade Marketing and InStyle serve as participating sponsors.
“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