BEAN ME UP Onano lentils, from the northern reaches of Italy’s Lazio region, have been prized since the 16th century for their sweet and subtle flavor reminiscent of chamomile. While some Americans cook up black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day, Italians traditionally serve lentil dishes with the belief that they bring luck and prosperity. Their thin skin makes preparation easy: Onano lentils don’t require soaking or long cooking times.
PULP FICTION The wrinkly pompia grows both in the wilds of Sicily and in the citrus groves of the island’s northeastern Baronia region. From mid-November to the end of January, its spiny branched trees—the origin of which is still a mystery—produce an intensely bitter fruit, surrounded by a thick white layer of pulp and a colorful outer rind. The pulp, once carefully skinned and hollowed out, is typically boiled in pure wildflower honey for three hours to create a candy called sa pompìa intrea. It’s often served on special occasions, such as weddings and baptisms. Variations on the theme include candied slices combined with honey and almonds to make a traditional dessert, sa trazea.
GAME ON Squab might be the one seemingly exotic meat that doesn’t, as they say, taste like chicken. “It has a gamier taste to it. It’s closer to a lean roast duck,” says David Waltuck, chef at haute Manhattan eatery Chanterelle. That’s why Waltuck features squab on his menu during the winter months, when “people want to eat a little heartier.” In particular, the toque recommends serving the bird rare and pairing it with portobello mushrooms, as he does in his latest cookbook, Chanterelle: The Story and Recipes of a Restaurant Classic.
PASS THE SALT France’s fleur de sel de guérende is considered the caviar of salt, hand-harvested from the Mediterranean Sea. Other chefs prize the salt flakes off the Welsh Isle of Anglesey. But whether crafted from the seas around Europe, the Asian Pacific or mined in mountain-high deposits in Bolivia and the Himalayas, salt traps the flavor from its origin. These subtle differences give omnivores around the world a varied palate with which to experiment, whether it’s Fran Bigelow’s award-winning caramels with smoked oak salt in Seattle or popcorn with vanilla salt at Odette’s in London.
“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