NEW YORK — The spotlight may be on ready-to-wear during fashion week, but that doesn’t mean that accessories are out of the picture. Handbag and shoemakers attracted their own share of attention by presenting fall collections around...
NEW YORK — The spotlight may be on ready-to-wear during fashion week, but that doesn’t mean that accessories are out of the picture. Handbag and shoemakers attracted their own share of attention by presenting fall collections around town.
Amir Toos, formerly of Isaac Mizrahi and Badgley Mischka, launched Toos, a collection of embellished evening bags. Ruffled weasel, metallic brocades and vintage woven fabrics were adorned with intricate details such as embroidery, crystal beading and mink trim.
Elezar, a new handbag collection from designer Julie Lazarus and attorney Esther Barron, was also unveiled. Candy-colored stripes, cork with a metallic wash and upholstery fabrics made for a bright collection; shapes ranged from a practical computer bag to a small tasseled clutch.
Kate Spade’s fun breakfast for her fall collection featured her higher-priced Collect line of bags in exotic skins and metallic leather with chain shoulder straps. In her main collection, Spade introduced a selection of patent-leather shoppers in such shades as bright yellow and orange. This season also marks the first time the designer will wholesale her softgoods line of scarves, hats, mittens and headbands with feather bobs.
Vivia Ferragamo, granddaughter of Salvatore, brought her eponymous bag and shoe collection to the Bryant Park Hotel, hoping to break into some New York stores (it’s already available in Jill Kohl and Fred Segal in Los Angeles). Florence-based Ferragamo showed slouchy, metallic leather bags and shoes reminiscent of her grandfather’s work. Mid-heel suede and leather pumps had details such as fur, moon-shaped hardware and floral pom-poms.
Lambertson Truex’s fall preview featured its extensive collection of bags, shoes, belts, gloves and small leather goods. Highlights included clutches with intricate beading, unstructured Forties-style bags in flocked velvet and suede, and animal-patterned pony-hair bags and gloves.
Henry Beguelin’s handcrafted jackets, home goods, bags and shoes followed his signature rustic aesthetic. Snakeskin and crocodile-stamped leather was fashioned into boots and bags in a rich burgundy, olive and cognac palette. For fall, standout offerings included shoes with fur and spectator details and beveled leather hobos.
Georgina Goodman’s fall accessory presentation at SoHo House included pumps, flats and wedges made from a collage of materials such as suede, patent leather and fishskin. Platforms in velvet and chenille mixed with leather were done in silhouettes that reference the Thirties and Forties, and stacked heels and wedges had painted stripes.Meanwhile, Rado’s presentation at the Cooper Classics Gallery in the West Village was educational as well as stylish. To demonstrate the significance of watches in marriage rituals around the world, bride-and-groom mannequins were dressed in the traditional wedding attire of 10 countries. In front of each couple, a pair of the watches most popular in that country was displayed alongside a description of related wedding traditions. For example, in Japan, the bride’s parents offer a watch to the groom at an elaborate dinner before the wedding day. As part of the contract of an arranged marriage in Egypt, the bride gives a watch to her groom. Guests at the event, however, decided that Greek brides have it best. They’re showered with jewelry, starting with a ring and a watch, before the big day.
“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