Fashion Scoops: Gaby’s Baby … Swag Time … No Shrinking Violet
GABY’S BABY: Donna Karan’s grandmotherly duties redoubled Wednesday afternoon when her daughter, Gaby Karan de Felice, gave birth to 7 pound Stevie. It is De Felice’s first child with husband Gianpaolo de Felice, whom she wed on...
GABY’S BABY: Donna Karan’s grandmotherly duties redoubled Wednesday afternoon when her daughter, Gaby Karan de Felice, gave birth to 7 pound Stevie. It is De Felice’s first child with husband Gianpaolo de Felice, whom she wed on Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos in December.
HORSE-DRAWN DINNERS: The designer crowd is having its footmen check out the Carriage House, a new restaurant in Chelsea that was originally built in the 1800s to house horses and carriages, owned by Elisha Brooks of the Brooks Brothers. Chanel, Catherine Malandrino, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (with a Marc Jacobs shindig in mind) and even Vans have cased the West 18th Street space for parties.
SWAG TIME: Apparently VIPs can’t get through an awards show without a skip through a suite filled with freebies they never knew they needed. In the tradition of the Oscars, Globes and Grammys, the MTV Movie Awards, taking place Saturday at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium, is the reason behind two supersuites this week. Actress Rachael Leigh Cook not only dropped by Wednesday to sample the merch at “The Ultimate Crib” inside Santa Monica’s Viceroy Hotel, she served as a co-host with Hilary Duff, Taryn Manning, Trent Ford and “fashion environmentalist” Danny Seo.
Presented by Smashbox Cosmetics, the two-day promo fest included wares from Joey and T, Ashley Paige Swimwear, Colgate Simply White, Dermalogica Skincare and Rock & Republic. Friday and Saturday, the crowd can move on to the Sunset Marquis Oasis (a reprise from the Oscars), at the West Hollywood hotel by the same name, for nibbles from Akasha’s Organic Kitchen, services by Prive Salon and Ona Spa, along with swag from Vogue by Luxottica, Swatch, Op, J. Lindeberg, Petro Zillia and more than a dozen others. And, because this is L.A., Anna Getty will be heading kundalini yoga sessions over the two days.
NO SHRINKING VIOLET: Dressed in a purple cape and colorful scarf, Roberta Flack dodged the ever-unflattering commencement day dress code at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s graduation Sunday. The recipient of an honorary doctorate and the keynote speaker, the “Killing Me Softly” singer said she needed another layer over the mandatory robe, since she was due back in the recording studio this week. No word on her decision to wear shades under cloudy skies.A Howard University graduate at 19, Flack encouraged students to sidestep the obstacles littering today’s job market and described a few setbacks she faced starting out. She recalled being pelted with crab apples on her first day of teaching at a Washington D.C. school and later, having to enter clubs through the kitchen for her music performances. Her 35-minute speech wasn’t a total sad song, though. When the crowd rose to greet her, she offered, “Wouldn’t you know I get the feedback when I come up?”
“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