Fashion Scoops: The Old Razzle Brazil … Points East … Pool Boys
THE OLD RAZZLE BRAZIL: John Galliano is in London this week shooting the fall Dior campaign with his usual photographer, Nick Knight, but without supermodel Gisele Bündchen, who is taking a six-month hiatus. This time, model Michelle Alves will...
THE OLD RAZZLE BRAZIL: John Galliano is in London this week shooting the fall Dior campaign with his usual photographer, Nick Knight, but without supermodel Gisele Bündchen, who is taking a six-month hiatus. This time, model Michelle Alves will be the star, a fellow Brazilian who is often mistaken for Bündchen. A Gisele-less fashion world is also forcing change at Dolce & Gabbana and Missoni, who have also used Bündchen as their advertising face for several seasons. But the two Italian houses declined to say who will star in their next campaigns.
POINTS EAST: Emanuel Ungaro is doing an encore showing of its fall 2003 collection today in Singapore to help kick off a two-week fashion festival there. Ungaro’s wife, Laura, and creative director Giambattista Valli traveled to Asia for the event. Ungaro replaced Azzedine Alaïa as the featured attraction when Alaïa opted not to participate in the event. Meanwhile, hometown hero Andrew Gn, a Singapore native who now lives and works in Paris, will reprise his Paris show April 4 to close the festivities.
POOL BOYS: Anyone who’s ever seen James Purcell poolside knows the designer’s swimwear of choice is a Speedo — no matter who’s around. Suzy Menkes evidently learned this while taking a meeting at the pool terrace of the Hollywood Standard on Wednesday, when Purcell and his personal trainer, Jamie Dreyer, also in a bikini, waved at her, she turned away and headed for the shade. But later, when Purcell introduced himself, Menkes took his picture.
“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