NEW YORK — With the opening of a Decades pop-up shop at Ports 1961’s Meatpacking District store here, the two companies are working on a serious twofer.
For starters, they aim to tap into the buzz around two museum exhibitions about Azzedine Alaïa and Jean Paul Gaultier. Decades’ Cameron Silver has culled vintage pieces from both designers for the Ports 1961’s outpost that will bow Oct. 20 and 21. Vinyl postings will go up in Ports’ Ninth Street store this week to pique Ports’ shoppers curiosity and to attract Decades’ fans.
With “Alaïa” now on view at the Palais Galliera in Paris and “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” bowing Oct. 25 at the Brooklyn Museum (the show’s only East Coast stop), Silver has scoured the Decades closet to find 20 years worth of designs from both designers. Aside from wearing Ports’ men’s wear, he has called in his share of Ports for various styling projects over the past year. RELATED STORY: Decades Scores 'Treasure Trove' of Shamask Samples >>
Ports director of marketing Eddie Parsons said Monday, “A few people have challenged me about the idea of giving store space to someone else, but I don’t see a problem. I think it’s pretty cool. Normally Cameron does this type of thing privately but this will be open to the public.”
He and Silver will be helping shoppers in the boutique during what will be extended hours. And both aim to walk away with an assortment of new clients. “It’s actually a very friendly thing,” Parsons said.
The pair agreed to team up sooner rather than later. Still wrapping up his book tour and with the Cameron Silver for Nine West collection now out in stores, the frequent-flying vintage dealer told Parsons, “Let’s go ahead and do it now. If not, it will never happen.”
“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