Invista Inc. formally unveiled its latest breakthrough technology at the Mode City trade fair in Paris.
The Lycra 2.0 technology features patented products to provide garments with banded hems, seams and bands with stretch and recovery that meet the Lycra spandex brand promise of comfort, fit and freedom of movement. The bands are designed to provide sleek, smooth, all-day fit and reduce undergarment lines created by bulky, narrow elastics.
In addition, the fibers and textiles giant announced the winner of the Lycra 2.0 garment technology award at a cocktail and dinner: Brandon Grimm of the Fashion Institute of Technology of New York.
Invista held student design contests in Hong Kong, Milan, New York and Leicester, England, to find the top intimate apparel design. In New York, designs from a dozen FIT students were submitted.
Grimm, who received his award Sept. 7 at the landmark Serre du Parc André Citroën, a modernistic house of glass, said he worked one to two days a week for eight weeks to complete his design.
“The concept was the easiest thing to do, but to get the actual tape to work, we designed outside of the scope of the way Invista wanted us to use it, with bone casing and attaching bindings,” said Grimm, who majors in fashion design with a specialty in intimate apparel. “That was the basis of the contest. They knew this tape could do what it was meant to do. But the challenge was to go beyond and above what was expected of the students.”
Grimm said he came up with 20 ideas and narrowed the possibilities to five.
“My professor and mentor, Alexandra Arnilles, was there to guide us through the entire contest,” he said. “My original drawing was lace. But I came in one day with a new design which was not lace, a new way to create embellishments on intimate apparel garments. The embellishment is the contrasting colors.”
Regarding working with the new high-tech tape, Grimm said, “The tape was great but very time-consuming because we didn’t have the commercial equipment. We would use a regular iron instead of high-tech sewing machines that are meant to [heat-seal] glue. Not one sewing machine was turned on. You could only hear the sound of steam from the irons.”
Grimm, who graduates in May, said he has several appointments lined up with “big companies” for a design position.
“Hopefully, I’ll be working for one of those large companies,” he said.
“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
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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