This weekend's Golden Globe Awards proved the best turnout ever for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, both in terms of stars and the way designers dressed them.
It looks like the Globes are becoming almost as important as the Oscars not only for entertainers, but for Valentino, Armani, Richard Tyler and Calvin Klein -- clearly the front runners for the Oscar race -- and Jil Sander, a brash new dark horse nominee.
Tyler the Tailor put his ladies in pants, with Meg Ryan and Janet Jackson in supercut black suits and Anjelica Huston sporting fresh white with a mandarin collar.
Michelle Pfeiffer opted for a snow white Armani pantsuit with naval cleavage, and Emma Thompson also went with the whiteout in silk Valentino wide pants and loose jacket. Laura Dern ordered Chinese from Pamela Barish in a sleek velvet mandarin number. Angela Bassett and Rita Hanks did the all-out enchanted evening in form-fitting, long, glamorous, black Valentinos of velvet and chiffon.
Then there was the Understated Thing. Holly Hunter was so low-key in her black Jil Sander floor-length slip with a light brown jacket that the paparazzi didn't recognize her. Winona Ryder donned only a little string of pearls with her sober Sander sheath.
"I really wanted to wear jeans after all the corset movies I've done," Ryder sighed. "So I didn't get anything, and then I started to worry. This dress just showed up yesterday -- it was pretty tense." She loosened up a little when U2's Bono showed up and draped himself on her like a wrap.
Natasha Richardson wasn't nominated, but she was Best Dressed in a black jersey Armani. Boyfriend Liam Neeson felt left out. "Don't you want to know what I'm wearing?" he asked reporters.They didn't.
In this crowd, it was hard to find the faux pas. So what if Rosie Perez didn't know how to pronounce the name of her simple pants ensemble's designer? Her publicist reminded her it was "Armani." Juliette Lewis did the sequel to her Children of the Corn look at the Oscars a few years back with a Cleopatra-style headdress."It saves you a lot of time on your hair," she explained.
And how could you criticize Roseanne Arnold's wild white frills when she wore the newest designer of the night: "ME!"
“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