Designers on why they’re excited about the Suite 1521 model.
Giles Deacon: “It’s a special thing for me, getting to meet all these women and getting to build that basis and understand what they’re looking for. They’re always great characters, these women. They’re really interesting people, and it’s another interesting side to the business.”
Mary Katrantzou: “Suite 1521 is a great idea that gives us the opportunity to interact with our customers directly, as well as explore the possibility of retail without the heavy financial risk of opening our own store.”
David Koma: “When I was introduced to Suite 1521, I was drawn to the concept straight away. I feel extremely excited to be part of it for the upcoming SS14 season. I am really looking forward to our first event together, as it is always inspiring to connect with my clientele and extend my brand’s reach.”
Shaun Leane: “I like the concept of Suite 1521, as it brings the designer directly to the client. It is an opportunity for a designer like myself to be able to share my collection concepts and craft with the clients, as well as allowing me to discuss the possibilities of creating a bespoke piece of jewelry for the individual.”
Shane Gabier, Creatures of the Wind: “Chris [Peters] and I think that it’s important to be able to meet the clients directly, and in the sort of setting that Studio 1521 will provide, we think it’ll be a fantastic opportunity for us to really talk about the collection with the people who are wearing it.”
Richard Nicoll: “Through the Suite 1521 concept, Lizzie and Kim provide the opportunity for us to present the collection in all its entirety in a retail environment, allowing it to remain unconfined by a store’s edit. Combining this with the chance to have direct customer interaction is priceless.” RELATED STORY: Bridget Foley's Diary on Suite 1521 >>
@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