NEW YORK — As the fashion industry rallies for one of its largest annual fund-raisers to combat ovarian cancer on Saturday in Water Mill, N.Y., a generally lighthearted shopping event known as Super Saturday, the seriousness of the issue is being...
NEW YORK — As the fashion industry rallies for one of its largest annual fund-raisers to combat ovarian cancer on Saturday in Water Mill, N.Y., a generally lighthearted shopping event known as Super Saturday, the seriousness of the issue is being underscored by news that a popular designer, a pioneer in the field of activewear, is currently battling the disease.
Bonnie August, who won a Coty Award for her creations for Danskin in 1978 and who has designed under her own name for the past 20 years, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer more than six years ago and remains seriously ill, said her sister, Marilyn August. She is famous for having popularized an athletic look of the late Seventies, when Manhattan’s disco culture spilled over into streetwear, and women wore colorful stretch leotards and wraparound skirts.
The Augusts are calling on the industry to maintain support for women’s cancer initiatives. “The industry can help by educating the public, having the fund-raising and letting people know how much support is needed,” she said.
Liz Tilberis, the Harper’s Bazaar editor who died of ovarian cancer in 1999, launched the Super Saturday benefit in 1998 with a group sample sale. Admission to the event, which runs 1-6 p.m. at Nova’s Ark Project, 60 Millstone Road in Water Mill, is $375 for adults, and $100 for children. Further details are available at ocrf.org.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“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