SILK INROADS: Pacific Silk, a New York ready-to-wear and intimate apparel firm best known for its August Silk sportswear label, is dipping a toe into the accessories pool.
A collection of August Silk knit scarves, caps, gloves and mittens will be launched at next month's accessories market.
According to Dean Garfinkel, director of the company's knit division, the accessories are being done mostly as an add-on to the company's fall and winter silk sweater business. Wholesale prices and first-year volume projections have not yet been determined.
Accessories items will reflect yarns and patterns shown in the sweaters and will include silk, cashmere and various blends done in chenilles, intarsias, jacquards and several other knits.
BALLY'S NEW DIGS: Bally of Switzerland went with a global theme to unveil its New York showroom at 745 Fifth Ave., at East 58th Street, last Tuesday night. In line with the company's worldwide marketing approach, the party featured an assortment of Swiss, Italian and Japanese cuisines and musical entertainment for 80 guests, including actor and singer Shaun Cassidy and local newscaster Bill Boggs.
The 10,000-square-foot space, which includes a terrace overlooking Fifth Avenue, is now the sales and marketing home for Bally's entire product range, which is comprised of men's and women's accessories and footwear. The firm formerly had an accessories showroom at Fifth Avenue near 32nd Street and a footwear showroom on Madison Avenue and East 49th Street.
According to Bruce Kalish, Bally's director of accessories, the new neighborhood is more in line with Bally's prestigious image.
"Many of the best upscale accessories firms have relocated to this neighborhood recently," Kalish noted.
“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