Judging from the number of U.S. designers thronging Paris during Fashion week, theFrench capital could soon become known as La Petite Pomme (The Little Apple). ZacPosen showed in the City of Light for the ﬁrst time and The Row relocated its showroompresentation to Paris from New York after its samples were late.
But it was on the social scene that the Americans made the biggest splash, withAlexander Wang, Prabal Gurung, Joseph Altuzarra and Narciso Rodriguez showing up atbashes across town. Opening Ceremony teamed up with GrandLife, the Web site of NewYork’s Soho Grand and Tribeca Grand hotels, to host a “NY NY” party at nightclub LeRégine that drew scenesters including Paul Sevigny, Mickey Boardman, The Misshapesand Mark “The Cobra Snake” Hunter.
The love was clearly ﬂowing both ways: The very next night, department storePrintemps joined forces with Council of Fashion Designers of America president Dianevon Furstenberg and V magazine editor in chief Stephen Gan to host the “PrintempsLoves New York” bash, capping weeks of shopping events showcasing Stateside talent.Printemps fashion director Maria Luisa Poumaillou said the event was proof that AnnaWintour’s efforts to promote emerging American design talent were bearing fruit. “Youcan’t deny that there is a kind of revival over there right now,” she said. “We have to stopbeing ‘plus papiste que le Pape’ [holier than the Pope] and saying they are not good.”
French designers might be forgiven for wondering: “What am I, chopped liver?”
“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