CALLING ALL LANGE: Next year, the Munich fashion house Rena Lange will have been producing women’s fashion for 50 years. A fine time to come out with an illustrated company profile, Lange thought, except for one small problem: Neither Rena...
CALLING ALL LANGE: Next year, the Munich fashion house Rena Lange will have been producing women’s fashion for 50 years. A fine time to come out with an illustrated company profile, Lange thought, except for one small problem: Neither Rena Günthert, the former chief designer and now adviser to the family firm, nor anyone else in the company had been much into saving clothes or considered creating an archive before 1990. Faced with a lack of material, Lange and the Munich daily, Abend Zeitung, announced a Lange recall. Anyone who had a pre-1990 outfit was requested to send the company a photo, and the owners of the five best outfits were rewarded with a $1,250 gift certificate at the Rena Lange shop in Munich. At the same time, Lange sent out an SOS to some of its best customers.
The magazine section of the tony Süddeutsche Zeitung was so taken with the results that they published then and now photos of actress Senta Berger, the director of Chopard in Germany, Elizabeth Prinzessin von Sachsen-Weimar, and former model Margot Stenzel, all wearing favorite vintage Lange pieces. The search is far from over, so Lange fans with early pieces in their closets should contact Rena Lange USA in New York.
“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