With a look Karl Lagerfeld describes as “Brigitte Bardot with black hair,” a voice Jessica Alba finds reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald and a lifestyle slammed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime as “a coke-snorting fashionista,” there’s definitely something about Amy.
Britain’s most-wanted party girl has become fashion’s favorite muse. And like her music, the 24-year-old’s style influence is everywhere, from the heavy eye makeup at Bottega Veneta to the messy beehives at Michael Kors.
Her retro soul music provided the soundtrack for the Comme des Garçons show and the highlight of Paris Fashion Week, when the songstress, donning a black Fendi dress (with obligatory bra showing), sang live at the launch of the label’s new-look Avenue Montaigne flagship.
“I hope she won’t not show up at the last minute,” Lagerfeld confided before the curtain raised. “There’s no guarantee, you know. That’s what I like about her.”
But after a prolonged drumroll that drew out the suspense, Winehouse’s flawless delivery of hits such as “Rehab,” “Valerie” and “Back to Black” wooed an audience that included Kanye West, Rihanna, the Olsen twins, fashion mogul Bernard Arnault (with his entire clan) and Silvia Venturini Fendi.
“Forgive my ignorance, because I know nothing about fashion,” Winehouse declared. “How long does fashion week last? Is it really a week?” The industry’s infatuation with the singer, who’s rumored to be launching a clothing line, looks set to last.
“Music and fashion have always had a long-standing relationship,” opined Jade Jagger, who’s been a fan of the songstress and her distinctive style since she first saw her play in a London pub. “She always manages to look good.”
“Whatever she puts together works,” agreed Claudia Schiffer.
And while Winehouse, who has been known to spit on past audiences, displayed million-dollar behavior for Fendi, the party only got ugly when guests were turned away from a packed concert room. “This sucks,” said Milla Jovovich, who was refused entry.
“There was a big fight at the door,” said Lou Doillon. “So maybe next time. I mean, good for her, really.”
The lucky ones who did get in couldn’t stop singing her praises.
“She’s not only a muse, she’s a genius,” lauded Lagerfeld. “She’s one of the greatest voices today.”
“She’s amazing,” swooned Mary-Kate Olsen as she headed backstage with sister Ashley.
“Just awesome,” declared Rihanna.
“I love Amy,” offered West.
But despite endless accolades from her peers and a standing ovation, the pint-size soulstress seemed to wonder what the hoopla was all about.
“Thanks for asking me to play,” said Winehouse as she exited stage left once and for all, adding, “whoever asked me to play.”
“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