Fashion Scoops: Wink and You’ll Miss It … Strings Attached … No Souk for You …
WINK AND YOU’LL MISS IT: Wink designer Wynn Smith is skipping the runways in September and instead is planning to send out a stylized look book of his spring collection. "We thought with the craziness of this short season that this would be the...
WINK AND YOU’LL MISS IT: Wink designer Wynn Smith is skipping the runways in September and instead is planning to send out a stylized look book of his spring collection. "We thought with the craziness of this short season that this would be the perfect time to do something different," Smith said.
The collection was inspired by the work of fashion photographer Denis Piel, he said, but that’s an idea that would have been hard to get across on the runway, so the look book will be photographed in a similar style to a shoot Piel once created for GQ, in which a woman is depicted as being obsessed with her boss and following him on a trip he takes with his girlfriend. The book will be photographed by Jan Dikkers and Roman Barrett and available to editors after the Paris collections.
"I remember seeing this story in college and thinking it was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen," Smith said. "We don’t want to duplicate it exactly, but to recreate it the Wink way."
STRINGS ATTACHED: For Holt Renfrew’s month-long Viva Italia festival that kicks off on Thursday, Piazza Sempione is planning to dress a few notable guests — five marionettes from the Gianni and Cosetta Colla Theatre Company. The company created costumes for the puppets based on its fall collection, which will be featured in performances that include operas, tragedies and traditional dances such as the Tarantella.
Cosetta Colla, artistic director of the troupe, said the collaboration was based on two companies that share the same values, but even she was a little perplexed by the fashion statement: "Who would have thought that our puppets could rival the beautiful women who model them?" she asked.
NO SOUK FOR YOU: A spokeswoman for Elite Models, which represents Lauren Bush, said the first niece "wasn’t feeling well and was sick to her stomach" when she arrived in Barcelona for fashion week there, and could not corroborate an item in the Spanish daily La Vanguardia that Bush canceled her plans to model in a fashion show Thursday because of its Arabian theme.
Agence France Press, quoting the paper, said Bush, 17, had intended to model for Toypes, designed by Jorge Galinanez, but refused when she saw the harem pants, turbans and tunics and saw the set and heard music that fit the Arabian theme. Her mother, Sharon, who accompanied her, insisted her daughter not participate, given the political situation and the imminent anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.The report added that Bush had been scheduled to do Barcelona fashion week last year, but canceled because it fell right after Sept. 11.
The Elite spokeswoman seemed skeptical that Bush canceled the show for political reasons. "That doesn’t sound like her. Then again, she is a vegetarian." Bush herself was in transit and could not be reached for comment.
MODEL RIGHTS: If you can’t win them over with words, win them over with beauty. That’s part of the strategy behind a protest that the Italian model union, Federmodelle, is planning to stage before the Italian parliament next month in Rome. Organizers plan to bring 40 models before the body in an effort to push for stronger rights for these women.
At issue: legal residence for models that come from other countries, such as the Czech Republic and Poland. Current Italian law makes it almost impossible for these women to gain legal work status and all the protections that come with it. Federmodelle hopes the protest will persuade the government to include the foreign models under a specific article that grants such rights and protections.
IMMORALTIZED IN POST: A handful of Italians designers are getting stamped. On Aug. 30, Italy’s national postal service issued 15 million stamps bearing fashion creations from Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Prada, Krizia, Gianfranco Ferré and Laura Biagiotti. The project, called "Italian Design," was masterminded with the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana. To illustrate the 42-cent stamps, each designer sent an image with an outfit that is quintessential to the company’s style. Cases in point are a black bra from Dolce & Gabbana, a gray pinstriped suit by Armani, and Prada’s brocade court pumps and similar skirt.
“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