It’s been more than a year since Maxime Simoëns showed a collection. In January 2012 he showed his spring 2012 ready-to-wear during couture week —rather clumsy timing given that he had sold the collection six months prior. But it got him on the radar. “We definitely gained some visibility showing during couture,” he recalled. “It was a great opportunity.”
After a tumultuous year that had him rumored to be a contender for Dior and a fruitless attempt at the helm of French house Leonard, Simoëns said he took some time to concentrate on his own company. “This is really like a reboot,” Simoëns said at a preview at his studio and headquarters, explaining that the company has been almost entirely restructured.
Luxury titan Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, is now providing financial backing to Simoëns, along with strategic advice, as Dior ceo Sidney Toledano is coaching Simoëns on his fledgling business.
In addition to rtw, Simoëns will show his first bag and shoe style along with some jewelry on the runway. For the clothes, Simoëns said he is really true to himself, building on silhouettes that are very structured with geometric architecture and feminine body-conscious appeal. “Sensual but not sexual,” he said. — Laurent Folcher NEXT: Pallas >>
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“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