There's nothing like a party that lives up to a challenge. For instance, what sort of party do you give after the premiere of "Exit to Eden," Garry Marshall's S&M comedy? Peggy Siegal could have thrown...
There's nothing like a party that lives up to a challenge. For instance, what sort of party do you give after the premiere of "Exit to Eden," Garry Marshall's S&M comedy? Peggy Siegal could have thrown a leather love-in at some downtown club, but instead sat a hundred at a very demure dinner at Daniel on New York's Upper East Side. Even though the movie's star, Dana Delany, cowered in a velvet wrap in the corner almost all night ("Can you imagine what it's like to eat dinner with a hundred people who've just seen you naked?" one wag asked), the rather stuffy uptown environment seemed to get the kinks out of the "Eden" crowd. "I laughed, I learned," was Ron Silver's reaction to the film. "Eden" co-star Rosie O'Donnell, on the other hand, said she quickly shed her S&M image. "I didn't even keep any of the clothes," she quipped. "I don't look that good in a leather corset. In fact, I'm wearing black Levi's with my Donna Karan size 12 tux tonight--I can't get into the tux pants anymore." The real eye-popper in this crowd turned out to be the late-night entrance by Eric Clapton, accompanied by Uma Thurman. Dan Aykroyd brought them over after Clapton's concert at Madison Square Garden. Leather chaps and straps did make an appearance the following night. But they were just a portion of the avant-garde getups donned for the DaDa Ball, which welcomed the not-so-usual mix of drag queens, socialites, designers and actors. It was a recreation of the 1917 Blind Man's Ball--a party for Greenwich Village artists. How's that for a challenge? And the site of this year's debauchery, Webster Hall, was the same as the original 77 years ago. Among the swarm of nearly 1,500 people were Blaine Trump, with mask in hand; Uma Thurman (sans Clapton); Marisa Tomei, and Cynthia Rowley. The proceeds went to Housing Works and Visual AIDS. L.A. decorator Rose Tarlow had the unique challenge of throwing a large bash for New York architect Richard Meier on his 60th birthday, when his general feeling about it was, "I don't want to be 60, I don't like getting old." Still and all, he acquiesced to sitting down with 100 L.A. friends on the tennis court of the Malibu home he built for Norman and Lisette Ackerberg. Then the problem was lighting the enormous tennis court. "I started off with 600 candles," explained Tarlow, "but I thought it looked too dark, and added 400 more." The party, which included Michael and Jane Eisner, Wendy and Leonard Goldberg, Barbara and Marvin Davis, and Doug Cramer, had a black and white theme, but Wolfgang Puck's wife, Barbara Lazaroff, wore green velvet. "We were in Paris, and I forced Ungaro to make me a maternity dress," she said.
“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