Fashion Scoops: Start Making Sense … Screening Scorsese … Double Diesel …
START MAKING SENSE: Refusing to languish unseen by the plain scaffolding which is currently obscuring Saks Fifth Avenue’s facade, the retailer is in decorating mode. Beginning today, a 215-foot installation by artist and former Talking Head David...
START MAKING SENSE: Refusing to languish unseen by the plain scaffolding which is currently obscuring Saks Fifth Avenue’s facade, the retailer is in decorating mode. Beginning today, a 215-foot installation by artist and former Talking Head David Byrne will grace the store’s scaffolding. “I have been working for some time on some pieces that take off on the graphic family tree form of showing antecedents, ancestors and offspring,” said Byrne, describing the work, entitled “Everything is Connected.” “And in these pieces, I often expand on this form to include all sorts of things — philosophical, cultural and personal — that are connected in my world. They might be connected in your world too.” But what does that have to do with luxe retailing? Well, Byrne punctuates his historical and sociological references with designer names —a perfect tie-in for the new Medici of Saks.SCREENING SCORSESE: Giorgio Armani hosted a screening Monday night of Martin Scorsese’s “Il Mio Viaggio in Italia”, which the designer produced at his new high tech Milan theater— and it’s certainly plusher than the local multiplex. Forget popcorn and M&Ms — such guests as Kristin Scott Thomas, designer Lawrence Steele and Italian Vogue editor in chief Franca Sozzani partook of a rice and shrimp-curry buffet during a break in the four-hour movie. “It’s the first time this theater is made available for an event not related to fashion,” said Armani. “Il Mio Viaggio in Italia” is Scorsese’s tribute to Italian filmmakers from the Forties and Fifties and the director, wellknown for sequels, is already planning another one on Italian filmmakers from the Sixties and Seventies. “The first film took five years. I want to take my time over the second one as well,” he quipped.DOUBLE DIESEL: Conde Nast’s GQ and hyperactive rival Dennis Publishing claim to have very little in common, but now and then there’s some overlap — in this case involving macho heartthrob Vin Diesel. Diesel will be gracing the cover of the August GQ, while Maxim Fashion has chosen him forSeptember’s cover. Diesel’s cover appearances coincide with the August release of his action film “XXX” (about extreme sports, not the porn industry). MAKING MOVIES: British designer Bella Freud is shooting her third short feature with John Malkovich — but this time it’s more about film than fashion. The 15-minute film stars the London-based actressSaffron Burrows, Camilla Rutherford of “Gosford Park”, Ayesha Darkher of “Attack of the Clones” and the underground singer Peaches. Freud will design clothes especially for the film, which she describes as “sexy, early Sixties, beatnik inspired.” The plot revolves around a small group of women, divided into different aesthetic factions, waiting to worship their hero, who’s known as Hideous Man. Freud said working with Malkovich is, as always, a treat. “He is very inspiring and has some amazing ideas, some brilliant fashion ideas. On the set, he manages to be both easygoing and efficient,” she said.
“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