NEW YORK--Lingerie with lots of sex appeal will get a strong vote at the Intimate Apparel Salon this week. The sexy-looking theme will be evident in everything from saucy corsets and padded, push-up bras and panties, to more demure offerings of embellished sleep gowns and coordinating robes. Some attention-getters are expected to be: Underwire bras--the scantier the better--with lots of allover lace or highly embellished effects, and coordinating bikini panties and thong-back styles. Softly tailored daywear items like camisoles that have the look of a bustier. Anything with a built-in bra. Garters. Sheer bodyliners, continuing to hold popularity. Lace-trimmed sleep gowns and matching robes. Novelty pajamas, especially boxer sets. At-homewear looks that double as sportswear. The three-day trade show, which ends Wednesday, is being held at the Doral Tuscany Hotel. As usual, this showcase will mainly comprise smaller, entrepreneurial design firms, as well as a smattering of European and Canadian vendors. Some 35 lines are scheduled to show, four of which are new exhibitors. Carol Bigman, show organizer of Exposition Associates, Brookfield, Conn., noted that while January traditionally is a smaller market, "I think we will have a little stronger turnout of retailers this January, because of all of the trade show activity this week." "I think we will get a lot of crossover traffic from the accessories and ready-to-wear shows," she continued. "Many retailers, who haven't carried lingerie before, have been calling to say they plan to drop by the salon show, too."
“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