Fashion Scoops: Moving On … Made Where? … D&G On Tour
MOVING ON: Just one week after Ed Needham took over as the editor of Rolling Stone, staffers were rocked by the magazine’s first high-profile resignation. On Tuesday, Patti O’Brien, the magazine’s longtime fashion director, resigned....
MOVING ON: Just one week after Ed Needham took over as the editor of Rolling Stone, staffers were rocked by the magazine’s first high-profile resignation. On Tuesday, Patti O’Brien, the magazine’s longtime fashion director, resigned. In a statement, O’Brien said: "It’s been an amazing experience working at Rolling Stone. I’ve worked with a great group of people during my 13 years here but I feel it’s time to move on." She did not detail her plans.
MADE WHERE?: Fabric buyers strolling the aisles of the I-TexStyle trade show at the Lexington Avenue armory today and Thursday will probably notice a couple of people walking around with blue nylon attachés with the logo "Italia: Life in I Style."
They were a premium from the show sponsor, The Italian Trade Commission, but unlike the fabrics on display, they don’t come from Como, Prato, Biella or anywhere else in Italy, for that matter.
According to their origin tags, the bags were made in Myanmar, a southeast Asian nation that has been accused of forcing its citizens to toil on government projects like road building. Pressure has been building for the U.S. to cut its business ties with that country — in 1997, former president Bill Clinton banned American companies from making new investments in that country, formerly known as Burma, while last year, Sens. Jesse Helms (R., N.C.) and Tom Harkin (D., Iowa) introduced a bill that would have banned all imports from the country.
The Myanmar government has said it "neither practices nor condones the practice of forced labor in the country," although a representative of the nation’s embassy in Washington early this year told to WWD there have been instances in the past when people were "requested to participate in community work."
Roberto Luongo, deputy trade commissioner with the ITC in New York, said in a phone interview that he was surprised to learn the ITC was giving out bags bearing the "Made in Myanmar" label.
"This is the first time that I heard of this matter. I didn't know there was this problem," he said. "If there is a problem, we will change it."An ITC staffer called back to tell WWD that the commission had ordered the bags from a supplier in New Jersey and was unaware of where they had been manufactured. The ITC bought 200 Myanmar-made bags, she added, but in the future will make a point of not buying Myanmar-made goods.
D&G ON TOUR: Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana love their singing divas. After dressing Mary J. Blige and Kylie Minogue for their recent musical tours, they’ve now turned to Alicia Keys. The singer, who this month began a summer tour of the U.S., has a concert wardrobe exclusively designed by Dolce &Gabbana that includes beaded coats and jeans, leather pieces and fur.
“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