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MISS CAST: Stella McCartney is starring in her own remake of the Blake Edwards-directed 1968 comedy "The Party." Well, sort of. The designer used the film — starring Peter Sellers as a goofy film extra who is accidentally invited to an exclusive...
MISS CAST: Stella McCartney is starring in her own remake of the Blake Edwards-directed 1968 comedy "The Party." Well, sort of. The designer used the film — starring Peter Sellers as a goofy film extra who is accidentally invited to an exclusive Hollywood party — as inspiration for her bash tonight at the legendary Chateau Marmont. An entire floor, including Jim Morrison’s old favorite suite, has been booked, as well as the pool and garden areas, which will serve as a stage for spontaneous acts. If McCartney’s playing the Sellers character, she’s not alone. The invitation — a key with a custom pink pearlized tag — has become the most coveted invite in town on an already bustling night. Even Christina Ricci, who’s co-hosting the Chance cocktail fete at Chanel in Beverly Hills with Chloë Sevigny earlier in the evening, got in her RSVP asap.
DEMOCRACY: Sometimes actions speak louder than words. On Wednesday, House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt, an aide and a security guard took the Acela train from Philadelphia to Washington. As they stepped onto the first-class car of the train, the Secret Service agent realized there weren’t three seats together. So, according to an eyewitness, the agent very pretentiously complained to the conductor, who handled the situation by telling three people seated together to disperse to single seats. But 10 minutes later, a supervisor walked onto the car and noticed that none of the ticket stubs sticking out of from Gephardt’s seats were even for first class. Her reaction? She told the men to get out, at which point Gephardt very sheepishly stepped up from his seat and, with everyone looking at him in wide-eyed amazement (one person even began to clap), skulked out to the next car.
CHA-CHA-CHA: Tonight, after a long hiatus, the Copacabana nightclub — now a 48,000 square-foot megaclub on 34th Street and 11th Avenue — will return in all of its legendary glory. Not only does the club boast a high-tech dance floor, but its Carmen Miranda-inspired dancing "Copa Girls" are back, and will be dressed — or make that undressed — in peel-away white costumes created by Dominican designer Anel Verna.
THE SHIRT OFF HIS BACK: Former Movado creative director Scott Woodward got more than he bargained for when he decorated Glass with about 50 T-shirts hung from a clothesline on Monday night for the launch of his new fashion collection, SwankT’s. The shirts, which retail around $70 apiece, were part of a shipment destined for a store the next day, but a gaggle of greedy guests, including several male models egged on by photographer Patrick McMullen, plucked the shirts right off the line — and in some cases, changed from their street clothes right at the bar. While it made for a great photo op, it wasn’t the kind of publicity Woodward was expecting. He’s spent the rest of the week coming up with a way to reproduce enough shirts to fill his orders.
“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