Give ’em what they need. It’s as simple as that, and it’s a fashion m.o. that’s served Ellen Tracy well over the years. Designer Linda Allard, who’s celebrating her 40th anniversary as designer, isn’t concerned so...
Give ’em what they need. It’s as simple as that, and it’s a fashion m.o. that’s served Ellen Tracy well over the years. Designer Linda Allard, who’s celebrating her 40th anniversary as designer, isn’t concerned so much with being on the cutting edge of fashion as she is with giving her customers smart, sophisticated clothes that are, above all else, very wearable.
Before Allard started in 1962, the company was a junior brand known for its blouses — flirty and very girly. But by the mid-Seventies, the Ellen Tracy customer was no longer a teenager, and as she grew up, so did Allard and the line. In the early Eighties, Allard shifted the collection into the bridge category, geared toward the new working woman. This meant sophisticated, well-tailored business suits in high-quality fabrics and lots of color — elements she has always championed. But Allard wasn’t just focused on the nine-to-five set. She expanded the collection to address all aspects of a busy woman’s life, with little black dresses for cocktail parties and an extensive range of casual looks for weekends in the country. Twenty years later, all this has translated into a loyal fan base of stylish women who enjoy fashion without becoming its slaves.
@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