MILAN — Italian designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua is launching a high-end capsule collection called Alessandro Dell’Acqua Black Dress that will be readied for pre-fall 2009.
The image the name conjures is exactly what the project is about — 20 black dresses with a day-into-evening appeal. It will be presented to retailers in Dell’Acqua’s Milan showroom from Wednesday through Dec. 12 and will be in stores next May.
“For this project, I truly believe in studying and structuring each dress on a mannequin to better delineate the silhouette and to study the details that have a modern couture feeling,” Dell’Acqua said.
Dell’Acqua, who recently toned down the steam and ramped up the quality of his signature line, said he wanted to exalt a woman’s femininity and sensuality.
His fans with a weakness for black can indulge in a wool crepe A-line shift adorned with a Chantilly lace bustier and ruffles, for example, or raise the va-va-voom bar with a wool ottoman evening gown featuring an ostrich-feather neckline and silk bejeweled fringes.
Most styles are inlaid with an elasticized band that is used to demarcate a neckline or mold an hourglass shape.
In the beginning, the capsule will be sold in 60 upscale sales points worldwide, such as Selfridges in London, Harvey Nichols in Hong Kong, Isetan in Tokyo and Florence’s Luisa Via Roma.
Average retail prices span from 700 euros, or $900 at current exchange, to 1,000 euros, or $1,300. First-year sales projections were unavailable.
“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