PARIS — Offering a rare glimpse into the objects that inspire its designs, Hermès on Thursday feted a coffee-table book “La Beaute en Voyage,” or “Beauty on Holiday” (Editions Cercle d’Art). It’s devoted...
PARIS — Offering a rare glimpse into the objects that inspire its designs, Hermès on Thursday feted a coffee-table book “La Beaute en Voyage,” or “Beauty on Holiday” (Editions Cercle d’Art). It’s devoted to historical and vintage objects —from trunks to toys — safeguarded in its museum here.Co-hosted by Antoine Jeancourt-Galignani, whose Galignani bookstore launched the tome in Paris, the send-off drew the likes of Azzedine Alaïa, Princess Siki of Somalia and Betty Lagardere.“The book only shows a small part of the collection,” said Jerome Guerrand-Hermès, who penned the tome’s introduction. “We didn’t want to reveal it all at once. It’s something to be discovered incrementally.”Hermès’ museum, housed in Guerrand-Hermès’ grandfather Emile Hermès’ former office, on the third floor of the firm’s flagship here, is a well-kept secret only open to Hermès staffers and select friends of the house.“Mostly it’s reserved for research,” explained Guerrand-Hermès of the collection, which comprises about 2,500 items, ranging from 18th-century shaving kits to 20th-century Hermès confections. “The museum’s too small and there’s too much in it to open it to the public.”The book’s theme is travel, a subject close to Hermès’ heart. “The heart of the museum was built by my grandfather,” said Guerrand-Hermès. “We add to it when we can and we try to preserve my grandfather’s spirit. It’s a real labor of love.”To wit, Guerrand-Hermès said many pieces are gifts from loyal customers.“The travel slippers [circa 1930] in the book were a gift,” said Guerrand-Hermès. “After their owner died, his family wanted them to have a safe home. Humphrey Bogart’s travel bag was also a gift, from Lauren Bacall.”The latter item, Galignani pointed out, adorns his shop window to promote the book’s launch. “Unfortunately, I have to return it,” he quipped.
“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