VALENTINO VIES FOR OSCAR: When Valentino receives the Fashion Group International Superstar Award from presenter Meryl Streep at Thursday's Night of Stars gala, he may want to glean a few acting tips from the Oscar winner. The two also are pairing up onscreen, with Valentino shooting a cameo appearance in "The Devil Wears Prada" while he's in town. It's part of the designer's active social schedule in New York. After Tuesday night's in-store cocktail party, where a bevy of socialites were expected, the Venetian Heritage hosted a private dinner for Valentino and a number of "titled Europeans."
TOMMY'S TUNE: Fashion Rocks in Monte Carlo may be over, but that wasn't stopping the music for Tommy Hilfiger. The designer last week feted his new 16,145-square-foot flagship and corporate complex with live performances from Amerie and disco masters Chic. Several hundred guests attended the bash, including Italy's First Daughter Barbara Berlusconi, model Sonja Kinski, a smattering of local television personalities and soccer stars. Organizers converted the showroom space into a disco area with an underlit dance floor á la "Saturday Night Fever," while they erected a small stage in a canopied courtyard for the performances. Hilfiger, clad in a matching T-shirt and jacket with crystal-studded Rolling Stone tongue logos and houndstooth trousers, made his way to the front of the crowd, where he and cigar-smoking Hilfiger Europe chief Fred Gehring got funky to Chic hit "Dance, Dance Dance." Hilfiger said he's pleased to have found such a great location in Milan. "It's a global brand. It's no longer just an American brand. Young people worldwide love preppy classics with an edge. That's what we're giving them."
GWEN COME LATELY: Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, with daughter Scout in tow, waited as late as they could for Gwen Stefani to finally show to her own party Friday night after her Hollywood Bowl concert, giving up before the singing designer arrived well past midnight. The inside of the Hollywood Museum at the Art Deco Max Factor building was brimming with revelers throwing back neon-colored shots and chocolate martinis labeled "Drink Me" and desserts signed "Eat Me" in a nod to the "Alice in Wonderland" theme of Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" video. The song and Stefani were celebrating a milestone for hitting 1 million commercial digital downloads of her platinum single for the video. The party also previewed Stefani's new Harajuku Lovers casualwear line, licensed with party co-host Jerry Leigh Entertainment.
“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