Marc Jacobs: "My contribution for the holiday season is showing up in a very ridiculous costume at our [company] holiday party. I'm not really a Hanukkah person and I'm only a part-time Christmas person. We try to have a non-denominational holiday window every year." (Last year, Jacobs went the take-a-Polaroid-with-Santa route, but this year, he's placed a toy soldier and swan princess in his West Village store window.)
Isaac Mizrahi: "This year, I created a Hanukkah dog line for Target. And not a moment too soon. My boyfriend got a Jack Russell-Beagle mix named Deano over the summer and he's very difficult to find presents for. So for Hanukkah I'll be getting Deano a Kosher bone, a Star of David sweater and a Dreidel chew toy."
Allen Schwartz: "My 14-year-old son Johnny is trying to make a deal with me to get one big Hanukkah gift instead of eight small ones. He wants a Yorkshire terrier. I'm just trying to tell him that it's going to be all his responsibility." As for Schwartz's daughter Danielle, 23, "She's thinking of trading in her BMW for a hybrid or a retro Thunderbird. She also graduates from college at the end of the month, and that's what she's counting on — a T-bird."
Jeffrey Kalinsky, Jeffrey New York: "I need to get presents for my mom and dad who are really hard to shop for, but they actually got some things at my store just the other day. My dad bought a white leather Prada windbreaker and my mother bought this short-sleeved pink Chanel jacket, so I'm thinking I'll treat them to their purchases for Hanukkah."
Stuart Weitzman: "My wife Jane has worked shoes into one of our family's unique traditions — the shoe hunt. She searches for fabulous inspirational antique designs to give me for Hanukkah. The best ones I've received are the ones that my father Mr. Seymour made 60 or 70 years ago."
Stacey Bendet, Alice + Olivia: "When I was eight, I was desperate for green suede studded cowboy boots. I found them hidden in the hallway closet one afternoon while my mom was out playing tennis. When I heard her come in I shut myself, wearing my new boots, in the closet, thinking I would be hidden among the boxes and coats....It worked until she tried to toss her racket in."Cameron Silver, Decades Inc.: "When you're an only child, you don't get many bad gifts, but I got a lot of horrible LPs in the Eighties, like one by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), the sheer misfortune of which I can only now comprehend."
Yigal Azrouël: "I'm actually in the process of designing a light installation in the boutique for the holidays. Something bright and fun....It won't be Hanukkah or Christmas-themed, just festive." On Hanukkahs past: "Great food is what made [Hanukkah] especially fun. We would stuff ourselves with Sufganiyot, which are Israel's doughnuts. I could eat many a Sufganiyot."
“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