Anthony Saionz for Cotton Stuff T-shirts for the rich, that's how Anthony Saionz describes his collection of designer cotton separates, which should also be described as successful. His two-year-old company, Cotton Stuff, is set to gross $17 million for 1995, after shipping $14 million at retail in 1994. Cotton Stuff, which was built on Saionz's belief that T-shirts and leggings will never go out of style, offers classic shirts and separates with better detailing. While the design is minimalist, the products, which include tank tops, pants and barn jackets, are detail-driven with an emphasis on fabric weights, color ranges and flawless finishing. "There is a lot of product out there that looks like us, including the casual end of DKNY and Adrienne Vittadini Sport. But we feature a 10-fabric collection while most others are working only in jersey and fleece, and our items all coordinate together, working together to form a solid collection." This spring, Cotton Stuff continues strong with knits, offering twinsets of patterned piquA, fine-gage feminine jersey and lightweight poplin. The overall look moves away from oversized bodies, which have flooded the market, to more shapely feminine silhouettes, offering a broader range of end use. "These shirts can be worn anywhere from Telluride to lunch at Tavern on the Green," says Saionz. All designs are available in three fabric weights and are garment dyed in a range of 25 colors. The concept for Cotton Stuff came to Saionz, who was a marketing executive with Leon Max and previously ran sales for the St. Tropez West division of the Carole Little company, when he noticed a void in the market for cotton jersey T-shirts finished without logos and in sophisticated colors. His initial entry into the casual sportswear market came with the launch of a men's line that attracted a large female following. One of his customers, a buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue, convinced Saionz to design a women's line. The collection, which wholesales from $10 for a cotton jersey tank top to $70 for a mixed-media 22-ounce fleece and thermal patched jacket, is available nationally at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bullocks and Macy's West. It can also be found in specialty stores, including Henry Lehr in New York and Fred Segal in Los Angeles.Pamela Barish "I know that a lot of glamorous women wear my clothes, but that's not my goal," says 41-year-old Pamela Barish of her two-year-old, Los Angeles-based designer label. The line, which has been nominated for the Rising Star award for its second year, is favored by Hollywood names such as Roseanna Arquette, Meg Ryan and Laura Dern. Barish, who admits it would be foolish to say that she is the working woman's best friend, has created a collection that features micro-mini skirts and dresses for spring. "Spring is about shape and body contour," says Barish of her line. It includes the debut of a sportswear group featuring nine-inch skirts, one-button fitted shirts and jackets in a range of fabrics, including matte jersey, organza, silk shantung and lace. "It's a sexier interpretation of Mod," she explains. But the emphasis of her line, as always, lies in her eveningwear, which this season centers on the black cocktail dress. "I like to keep a clean palette and concentrate on the shape. I feel that constructed clothing cuts against the body language of our time. My clothes are sexy and easy and that in itself is a very modern concept," she says. Barish started in the fashion business in 1972 after selling her first designs to Cher. She then moved to New York, where she designed stage clothes. In 1993, she returned to Los Angeles and started her designer ready-to-wear line. According to Barish, she is both "self-financed and self-taught." The Pamela Barish line is available at Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, Henri Bendel, Charles Gallay, Ron Ross, Fred Segal and Charivari. It wholesales from $150 for a charmeuse shirt or pair of pants to $500 for a silk gazar or double organza coat. It is expected to gross $2.5 million this year, up from last year's $1.5 million.
“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