Fashion Scoops: Crowd Pleasers … Book of the Month … Fendi’s Soft Cell
CROWD PLEASERS: An array of newsmakers was on hand to check out Serena Williams’ abbreviated catsuit at Monday’s opening night match at the U.S. Open. Spike Lee, Caroline Rhea, Liev Schreiber, Vanessa Williams, her husband Rick Fox, Robin...
CROWD PLEASERS: An array of newsmakers was on hand to check out Serena Williams’ abbreviated catsuit at Monday’s opening night match at the U.S. Open. Spike Lee, Caroline Rhea, Liev Schreiber, Vanessa Williams, her husband Rick Fox, Robin Givens, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former mayor David Dinkins, and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly were there for the 21-year-old’s showdown with Corina Morariu. Bruce Springsteen nixed a surprise visit at the last minute, leaving Tony Bennett and Queen Latifah to entertain the crowd.
Williams kept things jumping, and warmed up in her bodyhugging number with a black leather jacket and pink sneakers — all compliments of her sponsor Puma. She crowned her braided blonde hair with crystals.
Commentator Tracy Austin called the shots for the USA Network in a decidedly more conservative look. Her tangerine suit was one of 17 designed by George Simonton for the event’s coverage. When they met for the first time Monday night, he told her she could keep three outfits. Her reply? "Armani gave me 10," referring to the Italian designer’s generosity when he outfitted her a few years back.
BOOK OF THE MONTH: First there was Andrew Morton’s Diana tome and now no one in London can resist commenting on Ken Wharfe’s just-released book on the late princess Diana — not even the Queen. Newspapers in London are reporting that Queen Elizabeth is "deeply concerned" and "very perturbed" about the effect the book, "Diana: Closely Guarded Secret," will have on Prince William and Prince Harry. The papers said Prince Charles and the Queen talked about the book’s implications several times over the weekend, and Charles is currently trying to block the book’s serialization in The Sunday Times of London. A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman declined to comment. The book, written by one of Diana’s former bodyguards, gives details of the late princess’ love affairs, her mood swings and her late-night, holiday trysts while her young sons lay sleeping. Wharfe is currently on tour in the U.S. promoting the book, which is published by Michael O’Mara Books.
FENDI’S SOFT CELL: Fendi is no stranger to the movie world, having provided wardrobes over the years for such iconic film directors as Luchino Visconti and Federico Fellini, as well as a fur donned by Gwyneth Paltrow in "The Royal Tenenbaums." But now he’s moving into modern accessories — at the Venice Film Festival next month, the designer will offer over 1,000 cell phone cases to celebrities attending the international competition. The transparent, plastic case will sport the double-F logo on the strap.
“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