SOCCER BUFFS: With the Olympics and the European Soccer championships both slated for this summer, Italian designers are having a sport moment. Giorgio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana launched books this week dedicated to the athlete in...
SOCCER BUFFS: With the Olympics and the European Soccer championships both slated for this summer, Italian designers are having a sport moment. Giorgio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana launched books this week dedicated to the athlete in all his and her forms.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana focused on Italy’s national pastime with “Calcio,” which means soccer. Shot by Mariano Vivanco, the book depicts iconic soccer players, all of whom play for Italian teams, on the field, at home and in the doctor’s office. “More so than musicians, more so than actors, these guys are really the modern icons for men,” said Gabbana. All proceeds from the book will go toward local charities selected by several of the featured soccer teams.
Meanwhile, Armani held an opening at the Armani/Arte gallery at his Armani/Via Manzoni store in Milan on Sunday night to celebrate the launch of his new book, “Faces of Sport.” Divided into three categories, the book features intimate portraits, shot specifically for the book, as well as sports photography. “The truth is, I love sports and have had contact with teams and athletes for years,” Armani said. “It’s a very personal side of who I am.” The designer, in a continuation of his collaboration with the Special Olympics, put the book together late last year and will donate all proceeds to the Special Olympics. Both Olympic gold medallist Carl Lewis and Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver are expected to attend Armani’s men’s fall 2004 show Thursday in Milan.
POLLY FOLLY: Jennifer Aniston turned heads, but didn’t raise any eyebrows among fashionistas, at Monday night’s Grauman’s Chinese premiere of “Along Came Polly” in Hollywood. Of her simple black New Look-inspired Jil Sander frock, she shrugged, “I just picked it from my own closet. It’s simple, but something moved me.” As for her bohemian title character, Aniston confirmed, “I don’t take as many risks as Polly, I’m more controlled.” Shocker. Even though Ben Stiller winds up with Aniston’s character, a Michael Kors-clad pregnant Debra Messing insisted, “I actually think my character was the perfect match for Ben, but you know, it’s up to him.”
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“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