PARIS — Later this month, Dior Homme is to stage its first runway show in China, a vital and vibrant market that has encouraged its ongoing upscaling drive.
“It’s a good thing for high-end luxury. It pushes us,” Dior Homme designer Kris Van Assche said about China, marveling at the market’s sophistication and scale.
“The stores there are much bigger than the shops here,” he said. “There needs to be more offer because there’s more space, more everything. And the path we’ve been going down is the high end.” RELATED STORY: Dior Homme RTW Fall 2013 >>
Reprising his fall show in Paris, a futuristic fashion statement inspired by the 1997 sci-fi film “Gattaca,” the April 25 event will be held at Beijing’s strikingly modern Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts.
Van Assche said he would cast some of the models locally, and add three new outfits: tuxedo version of his zippered and belted business suits.
The show, with about 500 invited guests, is to be followed by a party featuring a live performance by British synth-pop duo Hurts.
Dior Homme boasts 18 boutiques in China, including a location at the Season’s Place mall in Beijing that is being refurbished and is slated to open on April 25.
When he returns, Van Assche has another project in the frame: the opening of the first freestanding boutique for his signature brand. He said the 750-square-foot unit is slated to open this summer at 16 Rue Saint-Roch, steps off the Rue Saint-Honoré.
“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