MILAN — Salvatore Ferragamo certainly has a busy few months ahead.
First, the Florentine luxury goods house upped its big-screen track record by supplying the footwear and gloves for Nicole Kidman’s role in the movie “Australia,” where she plays an English aristocrat. Directed by Baz Luhrmann, the movie tells of the woman’s epic journey across the country in the Thirties selling cattle property. The film is slated for a mid- November release.
Costume designer Catherine Martin mined the archives and tapped into Ferragamo’s creativity to produce the 13 pairs of shoes worn by Kidman. To further gain from the undertaking, Ferragamo has produced a limited edition velvet evening pump that will be sold in its flagships worldwide beginning at the end of November.
A month earlier, Ferragamo family members will head east to Dubai where, on Oct. 6, they will host a dinner and fashion show for 400 people. The event is to fete a deal with Trident International Holdings to design 16 penthouses in the world’s tallest residential building, the Pentominium Tower, in Burj Dubai. The apartments will occupy the last 16 floors of the 1,840-foot-tall skyscraper.
On Aug. 26, the day of Peggy Guggenheim’s birthday, her namesake museum that is marking 60 years in Venice will display reedited versions of Ferragamo classics designed for Marilyn Monroe and Anna Magnani. The designs are now part of the Ferragamo Creations collection. A suede cork wedge designed for Guggenheim in 1947 also will be showcased throughout the Venice Film Festival, which kicks off the next day.
A charity event in memory of Fiamma Ferragamo, who died of cancer in 1998, will take place on Sept. 15 at La Pergola, a historic Florentine theater. Italian actress Mariangela Melato will recite Marguerite Duras’ “Il Dolore,” and proceeds from the sale of the $155 tickets will go to AIRC, an association for cancer research.
During Milan Fashion Week, Ferragamo will host a cocktail on Sept. 23 at the Triennale gallery to kick off the exhibition “Salvatore Ferragamo, Evolving Legend 1928-2008.” The retrospective is a more developed version of the installation created to mark the fashion house’s 80th anniversary in Shanghai earlier this year. A number of shoe designs, a selection of materials and documents chosen from the Ferragamo archive in Florence will recap the founder’s life.
“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