FUR PLAY: They probably won't be kitsch enough to blast "I Am What I Am" or "I've Got to Be Me" over their soundtrack, but Karl Lagerfeld and the Fendis will be brazenly politically incorrect when they show today. "The furs come first," announced Gilles Dufour, proudly showing off heaps of chinchilla, sable and ermine. And forget all those fur-lined cloth coats. This season, Dufour said, the fur is "all worn on the outside." And why not? Asked how business was, Carla Fendi snapped, "I am molto contenta. Fake fur is over." Fendi pointed out that many former clients--including some high-profile Hollywood types--have returned to the fold. "Even the actresses aren't so p.c. anymore," she explained. "We're seeing many of them back in the shop." Bergdorf Goodman is also back. President Dawn Mello confirmed Tuesday that the store will be opening a Fendi corner in its fur department."I think Fendi is the best," said Mello. "They are a world-class name." Bergdorf used to carry Fendi but dropped the line in 1989 because of a dispute over sales points in New York. That also happened to be the year that Mello left the store to join Gucci.
MODEL TALK: The big news on the Milanese catwalks is 13-year-old Gianne Albertoni. The Italian press fussed over the doll-faced, 5'10" Brazilian blonde, who graced the runways at Gianni Versace, Versus and Emporio Armani--and plans to appear at the Prada and Gianfranco FerrA shows. She created such a hullabaloo at Erreuno that the Italian daily "Corriere della Sera" ran an in-depth interview with the prepubescent. "I can only model one month a year, when I'm not in school," she said backstage at Versace. "It's fun, but I also like to go shopping and listen to music."
@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