His book is called "Learning to Drive" and columnist and first-time novelist William Norwich proved that he was a good student by arriving at Monday night's book-signing party at West Hollywood's La...
His book is called "Learning to Drive" and columnist and first-time novelist William Norwich proved that he was a good student by arriving at Monday night's book-signing party at West Hollywood's La Coloniale restaurant in the fanciest Mercedes he could find. "I got an editorial discount," explained Norwich, between handshakes with Sandy Gallin, Peter Berg, Bobby Shriver, Mary Corse, Barry Josephson and others at the party co-hosted by Elizabeth Saltzman, Herb Ritts, Bruce Roberts and Hamilton South. "I don't know anything about the book," said Betsy Bloomingdale, "but it's a nice size for packing, so I bought it." Forties music was playing, and supermodel Guinevere Van Seenus sat at the bar draped over Justin Murdoch, both of them dressed in the retro polyester thrift shop style that set the tone for the evening. Norwich roamed the crowd, an advance copy of his rave review from next Sunday's New York Times Book Review tucked in his trouser pocket, while nearby, Billy Baldwin confessed that he hadn't read the opus. "I could have had the galleys, but I didn't," he said, reflecting on the jacket blurb he might have written: "'Bla-bla-bla'--Billy Baldwin." The last one to arrive, pulling up in her own Mercedes, was the formerly blond Evi Quaid, a sometime fashion writer who skipped the vintage look in favor of head-to-toe black HermAs with dyed-to-match hair. "I bought it," she said about her outfit. "But if anyone should give me clothes, HermAs should. I did like this whole big story on them and they sent me an ash tray. I don't smoke. They said I could put candy in it."
“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