Fashion Scoops: Stella’s Fellas … Mountains to Climb … Didier’s Day
STELLA'S FELLAS: No, Stella McCartney hasn't launched a men's wear line. But yes, men will be invited to buy some of her clothes this fall at 10 Corso Como in Milan and Commes des Garcons/Corso Como in Tokyo. "When I was buying [the line], I asked a...
STELLA'S FELLAS: No, Stella McCartney hasn't launched a men's wear line. But yes, men will be invited to buy some of her clothes this fall at 10 Corso Como in Milan and Commes des Garcons/Corso Como in Tokyo. "When I was buying [the line], I asked a guy in the showroom to try on some pieces, which looked great," said Corso Como owner Carla Sozzani. "So I bought zip-front parkas, sports jackets and fleece tops, all with roundish silhouettes." Sozzani said her male customers are constantly looking for new brands and different styles--and McCartney's collection fit the bill. Or Bob. Or Gordon.MOUNTAINS TO CLIMB: Louis Vuitton is moving on up on Avenue Montaigne. The luxury retailer, after 17 years at number 54, is moving to larger digs in the new LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton building, at number 22. Already under construction, it's slated to open in mid-2003. Louis Vuitton president Marcello Bottoli said the new store, boasting some 8,000 square feet over two levels, will be a "global" location with all product categories, designed to service a largely local clientele in an atmosphere less harried than the tourist-mobbed Champs Elysees store. The shift in location leaves a prime location, complete with an atrium, open on the luxury strip. Sources say it might be destined for Donna Karan, who is pining for a Paris flagship.DIDIER'S DAY: After facing down an attempted coup last year, Didier Grumbach on Thursday was smoothly reelected president of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, France's governing body of fashion. The Chambre's 19 members, including Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Hermes, Jean Paul Gaultier and Chanel, elected Grumbach for a two-year term. Last year, Grumbach was unsuccessfully challenged by Maryline Vigouroux. Grumbach said the Chambre also voted to increase its president's term from one year to two.
“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