Fashion Scoops: Change of Address … Touche! … Coming Home
CHANGE OF ADDRESS: Intimate showroom presentations appear to have run their course. While many New York designers scaled back their runway shows in the wake of 9/11, Ralph Lauren is making the move back to big with his Sept. 21 show. After staging his...
CHANGE OF ADDRESS: Intimate showroom presentations appear to have run their course. While many New York designers scaled back their runway shows in the wake of 9/11, Ralph Lauren is making the move back to big with his Sept. 21 show. After staging his last two collections in the Lauren showroom on Seventh Avenue and at corporate headquarters on Madison Avenue, the designer has booked the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum at 2 East 91st Street for his spring show. While Lauren executives won’t discuss the designer’s plans for the 7 p.m. presentation on the Saturday of Fashion Week — his first evening show in years — it’s likely he’ll make the most of the elegant environment. After all, Lauren is celebrating his 35th anniversary in business.
TOUCHE!: Madonna contributed not only the dance-techno theme song to the upcoming James Bond film, "Die Another Day," she also offered her services as a swordswoman. She plays a fencing instructor in the film and loved the look so much she brought it to the "Die Another Day" music video filmed in Los Angeles last week. The newly transported designer, Jeremy Scott, did the honors, creating a sexy fencing look for the video.
COMING HOME: Cynthia, say hello to Philippe, Todd and Stephen. It’s been confirmed that Cynthia Rowley will launch a collection of home products in Target Stores called Swell, joining the recent high-profile product launches of Stephen Sprouse, Todd Oldham and Philippe Starck. This confirms a July 10 Fashion Scoop. Details on the line itself are still sketchy, but sources indicated the lifestyle collection will include everything from carpets to comforters and will bow in the spring. Just in time for those recent college graduates who furnished their dorm rooms in Todd Oldham style to fill their first apartments with Cynthia’s Swell.
“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