Thom Browne has a lot going on: He will become the first American designer to show during next month’s Aurora Fashion Week in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and he’s about to launch a new sunglasses line.
Browne’s show will close the event, which begins April 11. He will show on April 14, as part of Russian Seasons, a yearlong cultural exchange program that was set up by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow in 2009. “I am just really excited to represent the U.S. in this way. I think it’s a great honor to be able to do this,” Browne told WWD.
Aside from wanting to visit the Hermitage and the rest of Saint Petersburg, Browne is keen to build his label in Russia, where the brand is currently sold in a couple of stores. “It will be fun to see the response [to the collection] in a different place outside of Milan, Paris and New York,” he said.
Browne’s show will feature 20 looks from his men’s line and 20 from his women’s and will be reminiscent of recent ones. While some of the details are still being sorted out since the venue was prearranged, don’t expect the designer to tone down his presentation for the Russian crowd. Executives at the Russian lifestyle magazine Depesha, which first approached Browne about getting involved, are familiar with what he does in his runway shows. “I think that’s why they wanted me to do it,” he said. “It’s not as though I’m doing anything crazy. But I guess that’s relative.”
Stephan Rabimov, editor in chief of Depesha, which is handling the American program at AFW Russia, said, “Thom being a quintessential American designer made him a natural choice. Our audience has come to expect a merger of fashion and art. Thom is known for that.”
AFW will feature more than 40 shows and presentations from designers from Europe, Asia and the U.S. With more than 20,000 visitors expected, AFW Russia will be ranked among Eastern Europe’s top three fashion weeks. Leonid Gurevich, an emerging Russian designer who is a Fashion Institute of Technology graduate, will be the other New York-based designer participating.
Thom Browne will introduce three styles of women’s sunglasses through a licensing agreement with Dita Inc., which the designer calls “ready-to-wear interpretations of past eyewear concepts” that appeared in previous runway shows.
Inspired by the Forties, Fifties and Sixties, silhouettes include a round shape, an exaggerated cat eye and an oversize square frame that each come in three colorways (black, tortoise and navy and white). They possess the brand’s signature tricolor temple tips. All three styles retail for $475 and will hit Thom Browne stores and Barneys New York in May.
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“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