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DONNA’S DEJA VU: It looks like Donna Karan will be laid up for a while. Nearly three years after the designer broke her right knee while helicopter skiing in Idaho’s Sun Valley, Karan broke her left knee...
DONNA’S DEJA VU: It looks like Donna Karan will be laid up for a while. Nearly three years after the designer broke her right knee while helicopter skiing in Idaho’s Sun Valley, Karan broke her left knee skiing down the slopes last Thursday.
“She’s in a lot of pain,” said her spokeswoman, Patti Cohen, who noted that Karan will be operated on this afternoon at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.
Karan returned to the slopes a year ago following a lengthy recuperation that included an operation, time in a wheelchair, intensive physical therapy and hobbling around for weeks on crutches and a cane.
While the location of her latest accident was once again Sun Valley, this time around she was skiing on powder. “It was her third run of the morning, and she got out to the slopes at 8 a.m.,” said Cohen. She fell and was rushed to the hospital in Sun Valley and flown back to New York on Sunday. “She was having an amazing time, but now she’s got the collection to do,” said Cohen. Could be time to bid adieu to Sun Valley. HONOR ROLL:Emanuel Ungaro is starting off the New Year with a bang. The French designer just received word from the French government that he has been selected to the Legion of Honor. The award of merit will be bestowed sometime later this year. Meanwhile, Ungaro, who bid goodbye to the couture runway last year, is said to be working on a “semi-couture” project.LUCA LUCA’S SLIMFAST: Considering a seatless fashion show attendee once punched another for a chair, it’s only fitting that Luca Luca is trying to quell the crowd at its upcoming runway show. Luca Orlandi is slicing his guest list by more than half to 1,200. To ensure key editors are not stranded at the door, the ax is expected to fall on small retailers and members of the foreign media. But the displaced won’t be missing out on any free condoms, which were sent last season as invitations. A company spokeswoman insisted everything about the event is being toned down. Well, almost everything. Staffers are lobbying hard for Kate Hudson, Mischa Barton, Jessica Simpson and Usher to adorn Luca Luca’s front row. Isn’t everybody?ISLAND HOPPERS: Celebs flocked St. Barth’s for the holidays and M. Night Shyamalan, Phoebe Cates and Kevin Kline frolicked at La Samanna on St. Maarten, but several others took flight to sleepier Anguilla. With her two tikes, Roan and Maya, in tow, Uma Thurman and beau André Balazs were spotted amid the Moorish villas at Cap Juluca with Liam Neeson and his wife, Natasha Richardson. In what looked like a “Friends” reunion, Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox Arquette and friends unwound at the secluded Altamer Resort. When word spread that Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Beyoncé and Jay-Z had reservations at Mangos last Thursday night, diners at the seaside enclave lingered. The following night, Denzel Washington rang in the new year at an island disco.For some frequent fliers to Anguilla, like Weatherproof honcho Fredric Stollmack and his wife, Gaynor, the celebrity descent was all a bit much. “It’s such a sweet quiet place. I’m afraid if they keep coming, it won’t be that way. But they probably like it because it’s so low-key,” he said.
At least Stollmack ran into a familiar face he could relate to — Barry Kay, co-president of outerwear company Herman Kay Bromley. But there was no Hollywood gossip between them: They commiserated over the numerous cancellations of orders this season.
“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