CLOTHES CALL: If Diana Ross ever tires of diva-dom, she might consider a second career as a fashion buyer. “I have always had an eye for artistic talent, especially clothes,” Ross boasted from her front-row perch Tuesday at Christian Dior, where she was seated next to luxury titan Bernard Arnault. Apparently as big a fan of Dior designer John Galliano as the LVMH boss, Ross recalled that she bought a coat from Galliano’s graduation collection from Central Saint Martins after spying it in the window at Browns in London. “I still have it!” she cooed. Down the row, Julianne Moore, in Paris with her husband, Bart Freundlich, said she would spend a few days in the City of Light “just enjoying myself. Paris is like New York — you can just walk around and find all of these great little places.” Moore said next month she’ll start filming “Freedomland,” based on the book by Richard Prince. “It’s a story about racism,” said Moore, noting that her character plays a “woman who works in the projects.”
SOMETHING BLUE?: “Are you kidding?” Dita Von Teese asked, laughing at the suggestion that she might wear a white gown when she weds her rock-star fiancé, Marilyn Manson. “I won’t wear black, either.” What Von Teese will do, however, is don a Vivienne Westwood creation when she walks down the aisle. “I’m in her hands,” the burlesque performer disclosed at Westwood’s show on Tuesday. But Von Teese is keeping quiet about the date of the nuptials. “It got out in the press and we had to change it,” she explained. “Some things have to remain secret.”
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Mes amis, it’s winter, and the 21st century. And the idea of viewing the newest fall collections while sitting in a dingy, unheated space is absolutely barbaric. So next year, how about all indoor venues have functioning central heat?REI OF LIGHT: Rei Kawakubo, who created a collection for Junya Watanabe in 1992, is letting another acolyte get a share of the spotlight at Comme des Garçons. On Sunday, Tao Kuriharo, a seven-year veteran of the house and the current designer of its Tricot line, will introduce a new Tao Comme des Garçons collection. The house is keeping details of the line under wraps until then.
TWO’S COMPANY: Jane editor in chief Jane Pratt hasn’t been around in Milan and Paris this season because of double duty at home. Word is that Pratt is pregnant with twins and is on doctor’s orders not to fly until her second trimester. Now Pratt, her daughter, Charlotte, who is age 2, and Pratt’s significant other, Andrew Shaifer, are priming for a bigger family beyond her clan of readers.
DRAWING THE LINE: Maggie Cheung may be biding her time before jumping into another film role, but the Hong Kong-based actress said she has no problem filling her down time. “I’ve been drawing a lot,” said Cheung, who recently played a junkie in “Clean.” “It’s been a hobby of mine for a long time.”
Front row at Balenciaga on Tuesday morning, Cheung also has been enjoying going to fashion shows. “What’s nice about it in Paris is that it’s like family,” she said. “You know the designer and they call you up to invite you. It makes it more personal when you buy the clothes.”
RUSSIAN DRESSING: “More Russian than this, you would drop dead,” said Aliona Gorchakoff-Dieterichs Monday night, describing her debut fine jewelry collection on display at her friend Azzedine Alaïa’s expansive digs in the Marais. Made with enormous Iranian turquoise stones, diamonds, rubies and emeralds, her pieces sparkled like snow on the onion-shaped domes of Moscow’s famed St. Basil’s Cathedral. Dodie Rosenkrans rushed over to congratulateGorchakoff-Dieterichs and extended her hand. “Wait, let me take off my glove,” Rosenkrans yelped. “No, please, you don’t have to,” the designer said, blushing with pride. Also perusing the baubles was Catherine Deneuve, wearing a fur to ward off the chill.
“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