NEW YORK--Hoping to build on the momentum of the opening of her sportswear collection, which bows at retail this fall, Jeanette Kastenberg has introduced a dress division for resort. The dress line will have a white label, while the sportswear collection bears a black label, each carrying Kastenberg's name. The dress line opened Monday at the company's showroom at 499 Seventh Ave. The white label line concentrates on evening dresses in misses' and petites, Kastenberg said, but some styles can be worn for daytime as well. The dresses wholesale for $75 to $150, well below her designer-priced sportswear collection of related separates, she noted. The 18-piece dress line, which will be produced domestically, features silk chiffon and silk satin slipdresses, A-lines, fit-and-flares and trapezes, trimmed with feathers, sequins and beads. Kastenberg gives the line some twists, such as athletic stripes on a sequined silk fit-and-flare dress. The line also features some layered looks, including silk shawls and throws. Kastenberg projects first-year sales of about $7 million for the white label line. The black label collection is on track for sales of $4 million in its first year, she said. In addition to her dresses and sportswear, Kastenberg also designs a private label limited-edition collection of beaded jackets and T-shirts that sport cartoon characters and humorous motifs for Warner Bros. stores. For the past three years, Kastenberg had been running a sportswear firm called Jeanette, which was discontinued when she decided to open the signature collection. Kastenberg was the designer for Jeanette for St. Martin from 1985 to 1990.
“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