The visual artist who goes by “Finley” will be dressing up a couple of New York City dumpsters today, and she aims to spruce up more in the months ahead.
On a mission to whip up “polite graffiti,” she will blanket two dumpsters with wallpaper donated by some set designer friends outside of the New Museum this afternoon. The Pratt alum then plans to take her trash-enhancing project on the road to Los Angeles, followed by 10 European cities. She also said she is in talks with executives at Chelsea Sanitation Service about redesigning their dumpsters.
Finley, whose given name is Christine Finley, welcomes any copycats who might be inspired by her project even if they choose to do something similar for advertising purposes. In fact, she is so intent that she will make a how-to-jazz-up-a-dumpster short film and radio show, while she is doing just that today from 3 to 6 p.m. “I love when people take an idea and re-create it,” she said. “That’s one of the great things about art — you can beg, borrow and steal. There are no rights or copyrights. It’s all free.”
Based in Rome, Finley has fallen into some good fortune. Eszter Cohen, a 28-year-old Hungarian woman who models herself after Peggy Guggenheim and is using her inheritance to provide grants to Finley and other women in the arts, agreed to finance the artist’s New York sojourn. Finley will return to Italy in a few days where she is the first artist-in-residence benefiting from the generosity of fashion designer Gai Mattiolo, who plans to provide apartments, design studio space and a creative community for six or seven more. “It’s been a great place to bloom and work and grow,” Finley said.
“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