If only all models were as sure on their feet as Shalom Harlow, who stormed up and down a 70-foot runway on killer heels more than 100 times for Viktor & Rolf’s first online fashion show. “It was like the fashion Olympics for her,” said Rolf Snoeren, who, with Viktor Horsting, makes up one of fashion’s most theatrical duos. “We gave her a gold medal.”
The seven-minute film features Harlow filmed from five angles— in a high-tech version of Funny Face, which was the theme of the collection. (In shades of Audrey Hepburn, Harlow arrives breathlessly at the beginning of the video, panting, “I’m terribly late for the show.”) But it was only when editors arrived at the showroom in Paris to see the actual clothes that they fully appreciated Harlow’s feat: One of the dresses, paved in Swarovski crystals, weighed more than 30 pounds. The slick production featured original music by Diederik Idenburg and required a crew of 50 people at a studio in Amsterdam working 14-hour days.
“We could have done a fashion show,” said a weary Snoeren, referring to the amount of work the film took. “I found it quite overwhelming.” But the online show attracted as many as 12,000 visitors at the onset and settled to about 4,500 as the week wound down.
“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