AND YOU SAY HE'S JUST A FRIEND: Miuccia Prada will be on hand Monday night to fete her artist chum Tom Sachs and his new book, which was published by Fondazione Prada. Art-world types and the socials who love them — including Vanessa Beecroft, Will Cotton, Timothy GreenfieldSanders, Brigitte Lacombe, Damian Loeb, Miranda Brooks, Brian Grazer and Gavin Brown — will join the designer, who is in town for undisclosed personal reasons, at Prada's SoHo store. Just to make sure everyone's in a party mood, Biz Markie, of the Eighties rap hit "Just a Friend," will be spinning at the DJ station all night long.
BABY ANTOINETTE: It appears that speculation Sofia Coppola wishes to give birth in Paris could be true. The pregnant director, who was spotted shopping in the Fendi boutique on Thursday, said she's in town spending time with her boyfriend, Thomas Mars, a singer for French band Phoenix, preparing the apartment for the baby's arrival in December. "I'm just this big thing at the moment so I don't really have much choice about what I can wear," she said.
ON THE HUNT: Nothing can stop a bargain shopper — even pouring rain. Just ask the crowd at Wednesday night's Lucky Shops VIP preview party, which included Tory Burch (who had a shop at the event), Katie Lee Joel, Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer, Rashida Jones and co-chairs Molly Sims and Jessica Seinfeld. Just an hour into the party, which benefited Seinfeld's Baby Buggy charity, the handbags in the Marc by Marc Jacobs shop quickly proved to be one of the hottest sellers. Blocks away from the shopping mania, James Truman, André Balazs and Rita Konig, a blogger for Domino magazine, celebrated Leanne Shapton's new book, "Was She Pretty?" at the Mercer Hotel. Shapton (an illustrator, publisher and Truman's girlfriend) has been featured in Elle, Glamour and O, The Oprah Magazine). Those who stopped by included actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Smith, Hugo Guinness and Noah Baumbach, a filmmaker. Shapton graciously accepted praise for her new book, but stopped momentarily when she viewed a guest eating a plateful of hors d'oeuvres. "Do you like them?" she asked. "I made them myself."ONE-HIT WONDER: Not every company is high on constant designer collaborations as a strategy. The Nine West effort, which parent Jones Apparel Group touted as a strategic move to lift the brand's overall image, now looks like it's going to be a one-season initiative. "It was always a one-year deal with a possible second year option, and we did meet some amazing designers for 2007 and began working on some product," conceded Stacy Lastrina, Jones Apparel's executive vice president for marketing and creative services. "However, for many reasons, we are moving on to other exciting concepts for the Nine West brand." Nine West kicked off the initiative with collections by Vivienne Westwood, Thakoon and Sophia Kokosalaki in September at select Macy's and Nine West doors.
NO SUGAR COATING: Despite it's sugar-coated title, the film "Candy," which the Cinema Society and Cole Haan screened Monday night, was anything but a lighthearted joy ride. Instead, the movie follows two young Australian lovebirds who are also smitten with heroin — to devastating effect. Guests such as Ron Howard, Claire Danes, Margherita Missoni, Keira Chaplin, Elettra Wiedemann, and Marjorie Raein braved the showing, though co-star Abbie Cornish (of Ryan Phillippe fame) was notably missing. The film's other star, Heath Ledger, made an amiable and low-key appearance, sans Michelle Williams or publicist. Though the actor has never indulged in heroin, he didn't have too difficult a time imagining certain parts of his role. "I've certainly smoked a joint before, so I know what it feels like to be high," he said. "And I've been addicted to cigarettes and gotten headaches from caffeine withdrawal, so I get that part, too."
MEOWS AT MARC:Marc Jacobs and Robert Duffy are clearly feeling feline these days. Next Tuesday, the duo is hosting an event and dinner for Grace Coddington to celebrate "Catwalk Cats," the new book she put together with her partner, Didier Malige. The window displays at the Marc by Marc Jacobs store on Bleecker Street will be dedicated to the book, and Vogue's creative director will be on hand to sign her tome on tales and illustrations of fashionable cats. The boutique also will be selling copies of the book, and Jacobs has created a special series of T-shirts emblazoned with cat images, including one in Paris holding a baguette, and another in a football uniform. Each T-shirt back will feature four drawings by Coddington of cats in looks from Jacobs' spring 2007 collection. The proceeds from the $20 Ts, which will be on sale at select Marc Jacobs stores, will go to the City Critters organization, which is devoted to rescuing animals and caring for them.
“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