Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and “American Idol” fame is said to have a new gig — the inspiration and the face of the new Andrew Charles rock ’n’ roll men’s wear line under the Li & Fung joint venture with designer Tommy Hilfiger.
An official announcement is expected within the next few days, according to sources.
The rocker-inspired collection will be sold exclusively at Macy’s this fall. It will be developed by Music Entertainment Sports Holdings (MESH), a division of LF USA. Tommy Hilfiger, Joe Lamastra, Andy Hilfiger and Bernt Ullmann are partners in MESH, which is separate from the Tommy Hilfiger Corp. Many deals are being done through Bravado, a global music merchandising company and division of Universal Music Group. The first deal signed by MESH was Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony’s lifestyle fashion venture with Kohl’s.
Tyler’s 22-year-old daughter, Chelsea, is believed to have some kind of role in the Andrew Charles brand, though details could not be learned at press time.
Becoming a judge on “American Idol,” which saw its ratings soar during the recently concluded season, has shored up Tyler’s popularity. And his memoir “Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?” made its debut on The New York Times Best-Seller List last month. Tyler’s musical career appears to be primed for another jolt as well: The musician is back in the recording studio working on a new album with Joe Perry and the rest of Aerosmith.
And even at the age of 63, Tyler has proven he can start a fashion trend with the best of them. His fondness for wearing feathers in his hair on “American Idol” prompted fans to follow suit — so much so that many tackle shops have had their inventory of fly fishing lures wiped clean.
“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