In anticipation of a Shanghai boutique expected to open within the next three months, Vera Wang will participate in Shanghai Fashion Week on Oct. 19, showcasing her bridal and ready-to-wear collections.
The Shanghai store is slated to be 4,752 square feet and will span two levels. It will feature three bridal lounges and a VIP suite, with a separate entrance from the parking garage, according to Mario Grauso, president of Vera Wang. He anticipates the store, based at number 245 Madang Road, will open in late December, or early January. The store will be designed with a glass facade with blackened steel accents. It is similar to Wang’s other stores, which have polished concrete floors, dark walls, timber veneer walls and blackened steel thresholds and accents.
Vera Wang has been aggressively penetrating the Asian market in the past few months. Last week, it opened a 1,200-square-foot store in Hong Kong at 39 Staunton Street. That store has three levels of shopping space, an office, two bridal lounges and an outdoor patio. Wang plans to open a Beijing boutique in 2014. RELATED STORY: Vera Wang RTW Spring 2013 >>
Grauso, who plans to attend the fashion show in Shanghai, is optimistic about prospects in China.
“The Asian bride is looking for real fancy and important dresses from us,” said Grauso. He noted that the company offers rentals in Japan, but those are more of the classic styles. He doesn’t plan to do rentals in China. In Shanghai, some brides wear three different gowns during their wedding, he said. There’s the classic white dress and the red wedding gown and they often change into an evening gown. “Culturally, it’s a tradition to wear a red dress. It’s good luck,” said Grauso. Wang has designed a full assortment of red dresses.
Stateside, Wang will open a store in San Francisco in the next 10 weeks, and is about to agree on a space in Miami. “We’re also looking to open in Texas,” said Grauso.
“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