ROLE PLAY:Chloë Sevigny is comfortable with just about any role, but modeling — which is what she did for Dolce & Gabbana on Saturday — tested her nerves. “I was a little terrified and I forgot to do all the things they told me to do, like stand up straight and sashay,” she said backstage after the runway moment — a role she was cast for at the last minute. But Sevigny said she was grateful she opened the show solo. “I’m glad I wasn’t out there with the other girls, because I’m easily a foot shorter.” The designers said Sevigny — their muse du jour — would “most likely” appear in their fall ad campaign. “She’s what Madonna was to us years ago,” said Stefano Gabbana.
SCENT AWAY: It looks as if Missoni has finally knitted up a fragrance deal. According to sources, a scent has been developed with Estée Lauder, and none other than 22-year-old Margherita Missoni, the epitome of youthful beauty, will be its face. Speculation about a fragrance deal with Lauder goes back two years. Missoni and Estée Lauder had no comment on Friday.
DOM AND NOT TOM: Although Ermenegildo Zegna has never officially announced the arrival of Domenico De Sole at the company, a source close to the tailored clothing giant said the ex-Gucci chief has become a regular fixture in Zegna’s Italian offices. Zegna co-chief executive officer Gildo Zegna and De Sole are close friends, and De Sole is reportedly providing his expertise in an undefined role. The new alliance has led some industry insiders in Europe to speculate about an eventual Tom Ford venture with Zegna, possibly a Zegna-produced Ford men’s collection. The company adamantly denies any such project. “Just because [Zegna] has Domenico doesn’t mean it gets Tom Ford,” said a company source. “It’s not a package deal.” Meanwhile, De Sole made the rounds during the shows, popping into presentations for Tod’s and Calvin Klein.
MOTHER’S WORK: Will Stella McCartney take a bow at the end of her Paris runway show on Thursday? The multitasking McCartney finished her fall collection hours before she went into labor and gave birth to a 7-pound, 7-ounce baby boy named Miller Alasdhair James Willis in the early hours Friday. In fact, she felt so good that she resumed work on Saturday and was even thinking about hopping on the Eurostar to Paris. The baby however, would need a passport.HOT TOD-Y:Diego Della Valle played host last week at the Tod’s palazzo for a candlelit dinner in honor of set designer Dante Ferretti, who collaborated on Tod’s fairy-tale-like installation. Guests included Laudomia Pucci, Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar, and a gaggle of top editors. The menu started off simple enough, with classic Italian fare like mozzarella and salami, but everyone was stumped by a mystery Italian vegetable: puntarelle. No one could find a translation for the long green asparagus-like produce.
But it didn’t seem to matter. The last guests left at 3 in the morning. Ferretti, nominated for an Oscar for his work on the film “Aviator,” had to leave for L.A. before the exhibit opened. “This is Made In Italy,” Della Valle said of the installation, which featured towering trees, oversized doors and huge green apples all cut out to display Tod’s sophisticated fall collection. With so much talk about the validity of Made in Italy, Della Valle, who is a rising figure on the Italian business scene, made Tod’s position quite clear. “A product, such as Tod’s, will always stay in Italy,” he pronounced.
JUST LIKE MA: In a rare occurrence in a 35-year career, the name of a fashion designer escaped Hong Kong retail doyenne Joyce Ma. That’s because the lacy silver jacket she wore in Paris on Sunday to be decorated as a chevalier of the Legion of Honor was vintage. “I bought it in an antique shop, and there was no label,” she said, explaining that it was made, in fact, of straw. Designers, retailers and journalists showed up in force to applaud Ma, one of the first buyers to discover French and Belgian designers and bring them to Asia. Among those present were Dries Van Noten, Kenzo Takada, Chloé’s Ralph Toledano and Saks Fifth Avenue’s Ron Frasch. In a moving speech, Ma credited Paris for giving her “insight into the soul of fashion” and her husband, Walter, for being her “pillar of support.” But Ma was clearly proud of her new accessory. When she realized her feather boa was covering the red medallion during a photo session, she tossed it off and turned her shoulder to the camera.CRUISE CONTROL: Following the likes of Giorgio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana, Donatella Versace is adding the title of “car designer” to her résumé. Versace has designed a white convertible Mini Cooper, embellished with Swarovski crystals and the house’s iconic Medusa head motif, of course. It will be auctioned off at Vienna’s Life Ball AIDS charity event in May. “Our goal is to raise more than $1.3 million in one night,” said a company spokesman. Versace seems to be in an industrial mood. Word has it she is also designing a limited-edition Nokia cell phone.
“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