Fashion Scoops: Grisham’s New Gig … Dad’s Night Out … Jersey Boy
GRISHAM’S NEW GIG: As unlikely as it sounds, John Grisham has invested a serious chunk of change in the little-known Little Rock, Ark.-based label Normandy & Monroe. Apparently, the criminal defense lawyer...
GRISHAM’S NEW GIG: As unlikely as it sounds, John Grisham has invested a serious chunk of change in the little-known Little Rock, Ark.-based label Normandy & Monroe. Apparently, the criminal defense lawyer turned best-selling author was so pleased with the brand’s windbreaker he scored at Christmas that he checked out the company’s Web site, inquired about becoming a backer and sealed a deal. Aside from his entertainment contacts, the fact that Grisham hails from Arkansas won over Normandy & Monroe executives, said president Jamie Davidson. As for that Southern charm, he said, “People are pulling for you. When they realize you are trying to do something that’s not typical of what people do here, they do their best to go out of their way for you.”
DAD’S NIGHT OUT: Andy Spade may be a new proud papa, but last Wednesday night he was all about the party. “If you all want to drink and talk, like I do, go in the back room,” he told the crowd gathered at the National Arts Club to screen two short films. The group drank, but did so as they watched the two movies directed by Talmage Cooley, a longtime friend of Spade’s. The first, “Pol Pot’s Birthday,” depicts a darkly funny surprise birthday party for the infamous Cambodian dictator thrown by his office staff. “Dimmer,” a documentary, is a glimpse into the life of a blind teenager in Buffalo, N.Y., as he negotiates his relationship with his on-again, off-again girlfriend. Spade has produced films through his company, Jack Spade Films, for four years. The most recent was 2001’s “Paperboys,” directed by Mike Mills.
JERSEY BOY: Rudy Giuliani greeted guests at the black-tie dinner for the Junior League with his best New Jersey accent. “It was nice of youse to invite me here tonight.” Once the gag was up, the former mayor of New York explained the voice was from “listening to 4,000 hours of men talking like that.” But Giuliani was quick to note his son goes to high school in the Garden State and some of his closest friends live there.Giuliani, who served as emcee, was happy to play second fiddle to his wife, Judith, who was honored for decades of service to the Junior League. “Tonight, I only got this job because of Judith.”
Judith Giuliani looked demure in a black Oscar de la Renta gown and a Fred Leighton diamond necklace, and her daughter Whitney, a Skidmore College swimmer, went with coral BCBG head-to-toe. Barbara Walters had to bow out of honoring Giuliani in person, but explained in a video message that she was off to India to interview the Dalai Lama.
“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