- OSCAR'S GOLD STAR: Oscar de la Renta will be honored Saturday in The Great Hall of the City College of New York to celebrate the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute's 15th anniversary. The event will also salute the school's 35,000-plus Dominican alumni, with about 500 CUNY graduates of Dominican descent expected to attend. The Dominican de la Renta will be singled out for his achievements and contributions to the Dominican people and the world at large. One way he has given back to his homeland is by building two schools that incorporate orphanages and day care centers. In addition, de la Renta serves on the boards of The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Thirteen/WNET, UNICEF, The Americas Society and The Spanish Institute.
- WEAR ME A DREAM: Wear Me Apparel Corp., which does business as Kids Headquarters, has completed its acquisition of Dream Apparel Group. Dream markets children's sleepwear under various licensed brands — Disney, NASCAR, Hershey, and Tootsie Roll — and company-owned trademarks such as Dream Apparel, PJ & Me and Dream Xtreme. Details such as purchase price were not available. Dream founders Karen and Paul Leopold will continue with the business, working under the Kids umbrella with Andrew Azoulay, who manages Kids' sleepwear operation. Wear Me's chairman and chief executive officer, Artie Rabin, was recently honored at the KIDS/Fashion Delivers annual charitable gala event last month. Marketing Management Group was the financial advisor to Wear Me Apparel.
“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