Fashion Scoops: Egged On…Italian Delight…Book Night
EGGED ON: Eggs were a big theme of the Bush state visit to London Thursday — and we’re not talking Nigella Lawson’s lunch menu. While protesters were busy pelting eggs at the effigy of George Bush in Trafalgar...
EGGED ON: Eggs were a big theme of the Bush state visit to London Thursday — and we’re not talking Nigella Lawson’s lunch menu. While protesters were busy pelting eggs at the effigy of George Bush in Trafalgar Square at the end of a 200,000-strong antiwar march, Laura Bush was gazing at bejeweled copies of them. The First Lady visited an exhibition of Fabergé eggs at The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace before going on to The Royal Mews to see the Gold State Coach. A Bush spokesman said the First Lady had no plans to shop during her three-day visit. “Unfortunately, their schedules are just too busy.”
ITALIAN DELIGHT: Watch out, Victoria’s Secret. Sultry soap star Susan Lucci, who sells her jewelry and accessories on the Home Shopping Network, says she’s launching a lingerie line in the first week of February on HSN. “It will be very sensual and very sexy,” Lucci disclosed at the National Italian American Foundation dinner at San Domenico Tuesday night. The event celebrated the first NIAF Andrea Bocelli Music Scholarship and drew a stupendous crowd, with Robert DeNiro, Yogi Berra, Mario Andretti, Sylvia Miles, Gina Lollobrigida, Claudio Del Vecchio, Vic Damone and his wife, Rena Rowan. The real stars of the evening, however, were the rare 476-g., $4,000 white truffle that restaurateur Tony May proudly showed every guest and, of course, Stefanie Izzo, an A student at New York University majoring in music voice performance, who received the scholarship. “This is quite possibly the coolest day of my life.” Bocelli suggested another very cool day might be in her future: “I hope to sing with her in some production.”
BOOK NIGHT: Lord Conrad Black might have a black eye over his handling of the newspaper group, Hollinger International, but he isn’t keeping a low profile. After all, he has his 1,280-page biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt to promote. So Oscar de la Renta and Jayne Wrightsman will throw a book party for Black and 300 of his friends Monday at the Four Seasons in New York (where his wife, Barbara Amiel, lunched Wednesday with Lally Weymouth). And it’s certainly going to be a busy night for readers at the restaurant — there’s also a party Monday for 600 people to celebrate the publication of former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin’s book, “In an Uncertain World: Tough Choices from Wall Street to Washington.” Perhaps Rubin could give Black some tips on how to deal with the SEC?ROYAL REPAST: Queen Elizabeth II certainly likes pomp and circumstance, but Queen Sofia of Spain goes the other way. The stylish, smiling queen — whose son, Felipe, just got engaged to a Spanish television reporter — had a low-key lunch Thursday at La Grenouille and was hardly recognized. Even her security didn’t give her away — two men sat discreetly and eyed the room from a few tables away.
“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