MAPLE LEAF FOREVER: Even though Arnold Scaasi has been on the fashion radar for more than four decades, outfitting First Ladies, socialites and Hollywood types, the Montreal-born designer doesn’t harbor any bad feelings toward his home and...
MAPLE LEAF FOREVER: Even though Arnold Scaasi has been on the fashion radar for more than four decades, outfitting First Ladies, socialites and Hollywood types, the Montreal-born designer doesn’t harbor any bad feelings toward his home and native land for waiting so long to pat him on the back.
At a cocktail party Tuesday night at the Park Avenue apartment of Pamela Wallin, the Consul General of Canada in New York, Scaasi was presented with a plaque from the Canadian government honoring his "lifetime of creativity." The intimate affair was attended by a disparate group, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Joan Rivers, Town & Country magazine’s Pamela Fiore and Jeanne Beker of "Fashion Television."
"I think it’s very nice," Scaasi said of the honor, "and [Wallin] is a wonderful, wonderful woman."
Wallin told the champagne-sipping crowd: "He is a son of Canada. He has carved out — really designed — a very special place in the fashion world. This is part of telling our story: the story of a young man from Montreal who takes Paris and New York by storm."
But Scaasi didn’t miss a beat to tease Wallin. "It only took 40 years to get me," he said. "Certainly, my roots are in Canada. All of my training was there, but no one would offer me a job in Montreal."
To that, an equally sharp Wallin, formerly a journalist for 25 years, responded: "That’s not the part you’re supposed to say!" Oh, Canada.
“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