NEW YORK — The concept of fashion as entertainment was prevalent at the High School of Fashion Industries’ “Stretch to the Future” scholarship competition last week, an event that also honored designer Dana Buchman.Spun around...
NEW YORK — The concept of fashion as entertainment was prevalent at the High School of Fashion Industries’ “Stretch to the Future” scholarship competition last week, an event that also honored designer Dana Buchman.Spun around a patriotic theme, the 18 participating juniors and seniors presented their self-made creations of red, white and blue apparel — splashed with stars and stripes — in a choreographed, music-filled runway show in the school’s theater. Categories that were judged included women’s sportswear, lingerie, swimwear, dresses and eveningwear, fantasy designs, children’s wear and men’s wear.Buchman, who has worked in the fashion industry for 26 years, told students after the show that she was “blown away” by their creativity, energy and passion.“It takes a while until [designing clothes] gets fun, but it’s worth it. The passion and creativity will get you partly there, the rest is hard work,” said Buchman, who also served as guest judge. “And I’ve never been bored. Each day when I come up the subway steps, my heart starts pounding.”It was the fourth year that RadiciSpandex sponsored the event, and fabric was donated to the school for students to use.Student winners included Sherry McNeil, grand prize for eveningwear; Caroline Jose, first runner up swimwear; Tiffany Dominguez, second runner up; Bobbette Austin, fantasy; Kimberly Cudjoe, lingerie; Viviana Duque, men’s wear and children’s wear; and Ping Lin, women’s sportswear.Senior Veronica Morales, who designed dresses for the show, said the experience left her inspired.“It was a great opportunity and we really have an advantage here,” said Morales, who cited Tom Ford, Donatella Versace and John Galliano as her top favorites. “Because of this, I have garments that I’ve constructed and meeting designers like Dana Buchman helps to see how far you can go.”
“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