If those who turned up in Bridgehampton for the opening Mercedes-Benz polo match seemed a little hazy on the rules — "How many chukkers are there? And what’s a "bump?" — that’s because on Saturday there was only one game in...
If those who turned up in Bridgehampton for the opening Mercedes-Benz polo match seemed a little hazy on the rules — "How many chukkers are there? And what’s a "bump?" — that’s because on Saturday there was only one game in town: being in the right place at the right time. Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos raced along the back roads from the premiere of "Stuart Little 2" in Southampton — where Helen Schifter, Tory Burch and Tiffany Dubin were joined by their favorite G-movie fans — to the polo grounds, where play benefited New Yorkers for Children. The enormous tent pitched fieldside was packed by the time de Kanavos arrived, though no one except the ever-studious Natalie Portman appeared to be watching the game. Then Portman gave up, too, and made for the refreshments.
"I tried to figure it all out," she sighed. "But now, I’ll just concentrate on food."
Debbie Bancroft’s social strategy took her from the polo tents to the Parrish Art Museum’s midsummer gala, where she milled amidst the art with Duane Hampton, Susan Burden, Nicole Miller and Katharina Otto-Bernstein.
"I’m at my kids’ soccer games all week," she said, shining in diamonds courtesy of Martin Katz. "This is my night to be glamorous."
Schifter put in a quick appearance, then headed off to a dinner thrown by Peter Morton. Carroll Petrie passed through the galleries then slipped out again. And Beth Rudin De Woody stood puzzling over her Vertu phone, on loan for the evening. Though chatting on cell phones is usually banned between the museum’s walls, how else could anyone keep track of all that was happening?
"It’s legal," De Woody decided, "at least for tonight.""
“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