NEW YORK -- Donna Karan just isn't busy enough: Now she's doing a book.
The Donna Karan Co. will publish its first book this month -- an homage to New York -- featuring a CD-ROM of Karan's runway shows, a subway map, an MTA Metrocard, a condom and Peter Lindbergh's color photographs that were used in the fall DKNY ad campaign.
Some 10,000 oversized, spiral-bound copies will be printed. The book will sell for $49.95 and proceeds will go toward the CFDA-Vogue Initiative/NYC AIDS Fund. The book will be available in mid-September in such stores as Rizzoli, Barnes & Noble, Doubleday, Waldenbooks and the Madison Avenue Bookstore, here.
Other features in the book include a crossword puzzle about New York City, a "Don't Knock New York" bumper sticker, postcards and a directory of phone numbers for such essentials as the Hampton Jitney, Ray's Pizza and movie information.
The book also features quotes from notable New Yorkers about why they love New York. The list includes Liza Minelli, Joan Rivers, Ru Paul, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Kal Ruttenstein, John Updike, Tina Brown, Anna Wintour, Liz Tilberis, Gene Pressman, Bernadette Peters, Larry King, Carrie Donovan and, of course, Barbra Streisand.
"There's no room for amateurs, even in crossing streets," writes artist George Segal.
Karan will sell and autograph books at a party at Bloomingdale's here, in conjunction with Vogue, on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The event will celebrate the opening of DKNY's new 4,000-square-foot supershop on the third floor.
“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
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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