Fashion Scoops: Rolling Heads … Waiting Room … Vuitton Time …
ROLLING HEADS: Following on the heels of Rolling Stone editor Robert Love last month, Wenner Media carried out yet another high-profile removal on Monday when it fired Brian Beaudry, its director of consumer marketing. Beaudry had been with the...
ROLLING HEADS: Following on the heels of Rolling Stone editor Robert Love last month, Wenner Media carried out yet another high-profile removal on Monday when it fired Brian Beaudry, its director of consumer marketing. Beaudry had been with the company for five years, operating as the magazine conglomerate’s circulation director for all three of its titles — Rolling Stone, Us Weekly and Men’s Journal. The company has not found a replacement and its spokesman said they might choose to eliminate the position and rely on outside consulting firms.WAITING ROOM: Good things come to those who wait. That’s the mantra of Azzedine Alaïa, who squeezed a few new frocks out of his exacting atelier to show buyers attending the Paris ready-to-wear shows last March. He had intended to have buyers return this month, but alas, more patience is required. He said Tuesday he now plans to invite buyers and editors to his Marais headquarters during couture week in Paris, July 8 to 11. The exact date and time have yet to be confirmed. These things take time.VUITTON TIME: Louis Vuitton today unveils in Paris the first watches in the brand’s 148-year history. Called “Tambour” after the French word for drum, the signature watch is slated to arrive in select Vuitton stores this fall. The luxury firm is keeping tight wraps on other details, but very observant types might have noticed that about 20 Vuitton executives have been test-driving the new models, which are round, chunky and, in their details and colors, very Vuitton.FASHION DJ: Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert DeNiro and Donatella Versace have all booked VIP tables to party Thursday to the sounds of house DJ Charles Schillings at London’s hot spot restaurant Hakkassan. Schillings is becoming quite a fixture on the fashion circuit: Karl Lagerfeld designed the cover to his compilation CD, “It’s About…” that came out in March, and the DJ regularly spins at Lagerfeld’s runway shows.CASE STUDY: Like legions of fashion professionals, Julie Gilhart of Barneys New York has walked by the Goyard boutique on Rue Saint Honoré in Paris at least a “gazillion times,” according to her reckoning. But the 149-year-old luggage retailer, its wood-paneled shop untouched for decades, recently captured her fancy — big time. To wit: Barneys will begin carrying its handbags, luggage and dog accessories in a 400-square-foot shop this fall on its revamped first floor. Until now, Goyard has never wholesaled. Gilhart said she’s fascinated by the brand’s rich history and cult following. Among the hipsters who’ve recently become devotees are Hedi Slimane and Alex de Betak.YOUTHQUAKE: Emanuele Cristofoli has one on Zac Posen — he’s even younger. The Rome-based, baby-faced designer, just 20, is still studying fashion in Milan, but he’s already launched a collection, Laccio, available exclusively at Villa Moda in Kuwait and hanging next to the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni and Junya Watanabe. Cristofoli has also caught the eye of Bloomingdale’s Kal Ruttenstein, who was struck by the designer’s Botticelli-angel curls, and cool, reworked military skirts and pants, some with New York souvenir motifs. “He even modeled them for me,” Ruttenstein chuckled. Ruttenstein already booked an appointment to see Laccio’s next creations when he attends men’s fashion week in Milan in late June.TAKE TWO: Isaac Mizrahi, who famously made a cameo in Woody Allen’s “Celebrity” a few years back, has done an encore in “Hollywood Ending,” the Allen comedy that bowed at the Cannes Film Festival and just started showing in theaters. In the film, which sends up filmmaking, Mizrahi plays a set designer with highfalutin ambitions to rebuild half of Manhattan, including the reservoir in Central Park, for one movie scene.
“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