Fashion Scoops: Philo’s Prize … A $300 Million “No”
PHILO’S PRIZE: Chloé’s creative director, Phoebe Philo, walked away with the British Designer of the Year Award during the British Fashion Awards 2004 at the Victoria and Albert Museum Tuesday night. “This is so...
PHILO’S PRIZE: Chloé’s creative director, Phoebe Philo, walked away with the British Designer of the Year Award during the British Fashion Awards 2004 at the Victoria and Albert Museum Tuesday night. “This is so unexpected and exciting and my baby is kicking like mad,” said a very pregnant Philo after accepting her award. “It sounds like such a cliché, but none of this would have been possible without my team.”
Philo beat Burberry designer Christopher Bailey and Roland Mouret for the top award, and joined Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Hussein Chalayan in the small club of winners of the prestigious trophy. The ceremony has been relaunched as a fashion industry affair — without all the glitz and B-list celebrity presenters of years past. Giles Deacon picked up the New Designer award, while McQueen walked away with the Men’s Wear Designer award. Mulberry won for best accessory designer and Net-a-Porter.com, the online fashion e-commerce Web site, won for best shop. Photographer David Bailey walked away with the V&A Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion. “I don’t think I deserve this at all, so I’d better get out of here before you all change your minds,” he said. The British Fashion Council plans to hold the awards at the V&A for the next three years.
A $300 MILLION “NO”: Apparently, Damon Dash has a guy at Iceberg jeans to thank for his $300 million Rocawear apparel business. At the Roc-A-Fella Records 10th Anniversary Kick-Off Wednesday night at New York University, the hip-hop impresario talked about the seeds of his empire, The Roc, which encompasses ventures in music, apparel, footwear, liquor, film and the media. Dash recalled the first time he knew how influential his company, estimated to be worth about $500 million, had become. In the Nineties, co-founder of The Roc, Kareem “Biggs” Burke, told Dash he found a new brand of jeans that he loved made by Iceberg. “Kareem loved them, so [fellow co-founder] Jay-Z bought a pair. I didn’t want to be left out, so I bought a pair,” Dash said. “Then Jay rhymed about them on one of his tracks and they immediately sold out of the stores. We had just tripled their worth.” Dash said he then called the head of sales for Iceberg and asked him for free jeans, as a thank you. “He told me ‘no,’ so then I said, ‘OK, well then I’m going to put you out of business,’” Dash said. And with that, Rocawear was born.
“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