MARIO’S FOCUS: Mario Testino is shooting Versace’s men’s ad campaign in London and reports are that he’ll next head to Los Angeles to shoot the women’s — with none other than Madonna. The rock star-style icon-children’s book writer is poised to ease into Donatella Versace’s spring looks like the candy-colored satin dresses, scarf-printed numbers and touches of metallic details. As a further sign of Versace’s changing times, Testino’s lens will replace that of Steven Meisel, who has shot the house’s ad campaigns for years. While a company spokesman confirmed Testino will shoot both the men’s and women’s ad images, he declined to confirm the Madonna coup.
VIVA LA SHIVA: L.A. fashionista Shiva Rose McDermott will be one of the hosts at GenArt’s fashion show Wednesday night, but the actress says she’s considering introducing her own line as well. “I’m so picky about my clothes that I’m afraid it will end up being very hard to produce,” she said. “And when I see Marc Jacobs’ clothes, I think twice because he already designs everything I’d like to wear.” That said, she’s been making the party rounds in self-made items such as the full skirt cut from leopard nylon she wore to Diane von Furstenberg’s luncheon at her home here.
MOORE, MOORE, MOORE: It would seem Mandy Moore already has her plate full as a singer and actress. Au contraire! Moore will now also star in Coach’s spring campaign in Japan, where the luxury goods company is a roaring success and holds the number-two market share position. The ads will break in Japanese magazines and outdoor locations in March. Shot in New York by Steven Sebring earlier this month, they feature Moore wearing a custom-made green feather bustier, a custom-embroidered Scribble signature skirt and a matching Scribble pocket satchel from the spring collection
ARMANI EXCHANGE: La Goulue’s lunch crowd barely stirred Tuesday when a demure man in dark sunglasses whisked into the room. A closer inspection would have found Giorgio Armani enjoying a quiet lunch with a handful of friends as he prepared for his fashion show and party later that evening at Pier 94.WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER OR FALL: Bergdorf Goodman was a store for all seasons on Friday. While Richard Lambertson and John Truex of Lambertson Truex previewed their bags for spring they were also toasting the Neue Galerie’s upcoming Winter Gala. Gala co-chairs Aerin Lauder, Lillian von Stauffenberg, Liya Kebede and Renee Rockefeller proved they can multitask as they bounced around dress code ideas one minute and complimented the new spring bags the next. Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner of Café Sabarsky and Wallsé created a few Austrian hors d’oeuvres that certainly strayed from typical party fare — liverwurst with onion confit or cooked ham with horseradish, anyone? But even that couldn’t distract the ladies from such pieces as Lambertson’s patchwork lizard clutch.
“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