NEW YORK--When words aren't enough, say it with flowers. WWD surveyed some top floral designers around town and found out what's blooming. Michael George of Michael George New York, located at 315 East 57th St., likes to change his bouquets according to the season, "just like fashion." Maybe that's why top designers such as Calvin Klein, Victor Alfaro, Karl Lagerfeld, Versace and Zoran rely on him. His specialty: roses. Pamela Dennis calls on Dorothy Pfeiffer Designs (614-9834), known for its romantic arrangements with a whiff of European elegance. "I use a lot of jewel tones," says owner Pfeiffer. "I take a French or an Italian rose, which has very soft petals, and combine it with lilies of the valley, sweet peas and tiny Italian serena roses." Salou ("corn tassel" in Cherokee) owner Salou Braun, 105 West 72nd St., is famous for his "cutesy wootsie," a small white bamboo basket filled with lilies of the valley, sweet peas and lots of little roses in pastel colors. Clients include the Wathne sisters, the Ralph Lauren Home Furnishings showroom, Karen LeFrak and Carroll Petrie. Floreal means flowery season in France. For New Yorkers, it means heavenly scents. "The most popular request is our all-white mixture casablanca, with lilies and deridrobium orchids," say owners Victor Aaron and Marie Weilman. Donna Karan, Bianca Jagger and Pamela Reed are regular customers to this shop, on Riverside and West 100th St. Atlas Floral Decorators, located at the Pierre hotel and the Plaza hotel, is mum as far as its clients are concerned. Designer Stephen Kolins would rather talk flora. "When putting together an arrangement, the color scheme is vital," he explains. "I like very hot colors that look good enough to eat, like apricots and peaches, especially since New Yorkers are so jaded." Robert Isabell Inc., at 410 West 13th St., is the one to go to when you're planning a big event. Isabell will happily do the lighting, the sound, the total room design and, of course, the flowers. He even has his own welder. If Isabell could handle Whitney Houston's wedding and Jackie Onassis's funeral, you know you can trust him to send the right thing.
“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