GARDEN PARTY: Something new and unexpected has sprouted in Yves Saint Laurent’s famous Majorelle Garden in Marrakech: a boutique. No, the retired couturier isn’t mounting a comeback, but he has supervised the project. The 550-square-foot...
GARDEN PARTY: Something new and unexpected has sprouted in Yves Saint Laurent’s famous Majorelle Garden in Marrakech: a boutique. No, the retired couturier isn’t mounting a comeback, but he has supervised the project. The 550-square-foot shop, in a new building designed by American architect Bill Willis, carries jewelry, scarves, books and even perfume, all sourced locally and sold under the Majorelle Garden label. But some fashion items are bound to be in the YSL spirit, since they are overseen by Danielle Vinmeir, one of Saint Laurent’s longtime collaborators. Former YSL couture boss Pierre Bergé said the shop is aimed at the more than 250,000 people who visit the gardens and its small museum of Islamic art every year. "We decided to have a shop, like every museum," he said. Meanwhile, Bergé is busy in Paris supervising construction at 5 Avenue Marceau, future home of the YSL museum and archive. "I would like it to open before Christmas," he said.
21 CLUB: Elie Tahari will have a new offspring this fall: T21. It’s "our version of sport," said creative director Rory Tahari, who is Elie’s wife. The line features comfortable, stylish clothes and was designed for the growing legions of women whose lifestyles don’t call for proper business suits. "This is going to be the biggest area of growth for us," she added. "We’re putting our full force behind it."
Tahari compared the concept with Prada Sport, but with less emphasis on the technical and performance aspects of the clothes and more emphasis on the wearer’s lifestyle. Its name comes from the designer’s well-known fascination with numbers. "Elie was born on the 21st and came to America on the 21st," his wife said. "Our son Jeremy was born on the 12th. That’s 21 backwards."
“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