While, to some designers, shopping at a flea market for material sounds like the premise to a bad episode of “Project Runway,” Stefania Pia would beg to differ. Flea market finds are key to the Vogue Italia contributor-cum-jewelry designer’s creations.
From tiny trinkets (antique keys, metal washers, rusty door hinges) to heftier hardware (industrial locks and butcher’s hooks), these knickknacks are the source of Pia’s inspiration. “I really think they have a soul because they open up doors in my imagination,” she says. “When I see them in the market, I already see the necklace in my head.”
Pia paints one side of the antique object a fluorescent color and strings them on a strip of vintage fabric. “The idea came to color only one side so [as] to preserve something of the object because it was memories for somebody else,” she says.
After moving to New York two years ago, the Bassano del Grappa-native began supplementing her Vogue Italia gig by curating Todd diCiurcio and Lola Schnabel exhibitions. It wasn’t long before the quirky necklaces Pia wore out on the town got attention. The business took off in January after diamond merchants Yves Ringler and Paul Gregory decided to invest in it.
The line launches Tuesday with an accompanying art installation at Eva New York featuring collages and textiles created by Pia.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“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