NEW YORK — Gay Men's Health Crisis made a foray into the fashion world with Fashion Forward, a celebration of style in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The Nov. 1 event, hosted by Tim Gunn at the Altman Building here, kicked off with a cocktail reception, both live and silent auctions and runway presentations featuring resort and spring looks from Andrew Buckler, Heatherette, John Bartlett, Perry Ellis, Peter Som and Rag & Bone. Auction items included studio portraits, passes to the Whitney Museum and gift certificates for a class at the Institute of Culinary Education, as well as pieces from Thom Browne, DKNY, Joseph Abboud Outerwear, Laundry and Nautica.
Among those present to support and help raise money for the nonprofit and volunteer-supported GMHC were Marjorie Hill, chief executive officer of GMHC, and designers John Bartlett and Andrew Buckler.
"We have never done a fashion event before and we were thinking of events, and the fashion industry has always been a part of HIV/AIDS," said Hill. "Unfortunately, the fashion industry was among the hardest hit during the epidemic, and many fashion icons have been leaders so we thought it would be a very good mix."
"I have always been involved with GMHC in one way or another since I moved to New York in 1986. Two years later, I got involved in their buddy program, which is where you go and visit the houses of people who aren't well and you help them run errands," said Bartlett of his involvement with the GMHC. "At that point it was such a drastic, desperate time, so it was a very profound moment, moving to New York and getting involved."
“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