NEW YORK -- "Growing up in New York, I remember FIT as the place that prevented me from driving across town on 27th Street to the West Side Highway," actor Alec Baldwin told the Fashion Institute of Technology's 2,600 graduates on Friday. "But I...
NEW YORK -- "Growing up in New York, I remember FIT as the place that prevented me from driving across town on 27th Street to the West Side Highway," actor Alec Baldwin told the Fashion Institute of Technology's 2,600 graduates on Friday. "But I remember it also as the place where people go to learn about clothing design."Baldwin, who delivered the commencement address at FIT's 56th graduation, held at Radio City Music Hall, recalled how, as a student in the late Seventies, all the beautiful and well-dressed people he encountered were from FIT. They, he said, often examined his fashions with a raised eyebrow, and taught him one essential lesson in life: "Don't wear horizontal stripes. Ever."Calvin Klein was scheduled to receive an honorary doctor of fine arts degree, but didn't make it to the ceremony because he was stuck in Europe, much to the disappointment of the students. As for those in the audience who sniped that the designer might have simply blown off the event, WWD verified that Klein, in fact, was booked that morning on the Air France Concorde from Paris and that the flight was indeed canceled.The ceremony nevertheless opened with New York City Police Officer Daniel Rodriguez, who sang the national anthem, followed by Jessica D'Arcy Dean, president of FIT's student association and member of the graduating class."When I started five years ago, I never dreamed I'd be standing here in front of the greatest, most amazing group of graduates," she said. "Go out there and start that business, have that fashion show, and at least invite me to your gallery opening."Retired Kohl's president Jay Baker was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. Last year, Baker and his wife, Patty, donated $10 million to FIT, the largest gift in the college's history. In his speech, Baker recalled how his parents had wanted him to become a lawyer, doctor or accountant, and were disappointed when he chose to work in retail instead."Today, mom and dad, I'm a doctor," he quipped. "It is, other than when we got married, Patty, the most exciting day of my life."Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT, bid good luck to graduates and sent them off with a message of encouragement: "I recognized how much the landscape had changed this last fall. We must not let the enormity of the challenge ahead paralyze us. We must not be trapped into passivity."Michael R. Pelligrino, president of Anna Sui Corp., and Frank Zambrelli, vice president and creative director at Rockport, received alumni awards.
“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