Isabella Rossellini and the Italian Trade Commission were hosts of a cocktail party Tuesday to toast the debut of "Global Travel," an exhibition featuring the work of Rhode Island School of Design students.
"I wanted to become a costume designer for films," Rossellini told the students. "I did exactly what you did — I went to design school, but I wasn't as good as you are."
Afterward, the actress said costume design seemed like a good match, since she was from a family of actors and the industry is highly regarded in Italy, thanks to Dante Ferretti, Gabriella Pescucci and others. That pursuit went by the wayside after Bruce Weber spotted her and asked to photograph her, followed soon after by Richard Avedon and Irving Penn.
Italian fashion and textile designers as well as artisans need support, said Rossellini, who was asked by the ITC not to identify which designer provided her navy silk pantsuit. "I'm not speaking of Armani, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana. They don't need support. We need to remind people there are a lot of other designers in Italy," she said. "We don't have any gold in Italy or raw diamonds. But we have style and art. That has become a tradition. That's what many people come to see in Italy."
Having worked with the ITC on many occasions, Bergdorf Goodman president and chief executive officer Jim Gold said it is important to promote innovation and Made in Italy products. "It's important to continue to do innovative things. Ultimately we have got to compete on the basis of quality and innovation. It's our lifeblood. We have got to have new things to show our clients that are wonderful and unexpected."
It's safe to say Bergdorf Goodman shoppers have been surprised to see the students' one-of-a-kind creations on display on the third floor not far from Calvin Klein Collection and Yohji Yamamoto. For this collaboration, the ITC lined up 22 Italian fabric and yarn mills with 20 RISD students in apparel and textiles. Many of the students designed their own fabrics as well as pieces within a 12-week span.
“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