Fashion Scoops: The World’s A Stage … Countdown … Lip-Smacker
THE WORLD’S A STAGE: Marianne Faithfull has played God on television and the devil on stage. Now the rocker is reverting to a more familiar role, embarking on a European tour this week in support of a new album, “Before the...
THE WORLD’S A STAGE: Marianne Faithfull has played God on television and the devil on stage. Now the rocker is reverting to a more familiar role, embarking on a European tour this week in support of a new album, “Before the Poison.” But even concerts must be costumed, and Faithfull dialed her friend, John Galliano, who designed a made-to-measure bias-cut suit from his year-old men’s collection. Galliano is building quite a music-world following for the men’s line, with Elton John said to be among his biggest customers and Marilyn Manson also prancing the stage lately in some of his threads.
COUNTDOWN: Karl Lagerfeld mania is reaching a fever pitch in anticipation of Friday’s arrival of his one-off collection for H&M in about 500 doors in 20 countries. Besides massive outdoor ads erected over the past week to trumpet the arrival of the merch, 10-second teaser commercials began airing in Europe directing viewers to a two-minute film that will air in prime time tonight. The fast-paced black-and-white film sends up the incredulity of a world-famous couturier moonlighting at a purveyor of affordable fashions. In reality, expect a feeding frenzy.
LIP-SMACKER: Marc Jacobs has practically done a 360. The designer of the now-famous Murakami handbag has created his first shopping bag, and it’s exclusive to Bloomingdale’s for the holiday season. But Jacobs doesn’t brown bag it. Jacob’s bag, available next Monday, has the party spirit, with big red smiling lips and a bright green backdrop, with the side reading “Happy Bloomingdale’s.” Sources said Jacobs got the inspiration from a few of his assistants at his Paris studio, where he designs Louis Vuitton. “They’ve got thick lips,” said a source.
“We wanted something that was festive, but in a nonreligious and nontraditional way. The big smiles, the red lips with the green bag, seemed the perfect way to achieve that,” Jacobs said in a statement. Added Bloomingdale’s chairman Michael Gould: “It gives us a chance to poke fun at ourselves and feel youthful and hopeful.”
“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