Mark Sanchez rocked the runway in Hugo Boss while Kris Jenkins was decked out in a custom-made Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Collection sport coat and slacks — size 62 long.
They were just two of the New York Jets players to walk a runway at Saks Monday night for an event benefitting the New York Jets Foundation.
Some of the players were veterans of the event, now in its third year, while others were runway rookies. “This is my first time walking a runway,” said safety Jim Leonhard, dressed in Façonnable sportswear. “But some of the other guys gave me pointers, so I’ll get through it.”
Dustin Keller, sporting Armani Collezioni, was also a newbie. “It looks pretty good,” he said, glancing down at his outfit. “This is my first runway experience and I’m just going to soak it all in.” Left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson, however, was a veteran of the event, participating every year. “I’m a big fan of GQ and Details,” he said. “I like to see what’s going on [in fashion].”
One of the backstage lures of the event was jewelry designer Scott Kay, who came to the store with cases of cuff links, bracelets and other bling. “You’ve got to go see the ice man,” said Keller to his teammates, who scurried over to pick out their accessories for the evening.Tom Ott, senior vice president and general merchandise manager of men’s for the store, said that, after three years, “we consider the Jets friends. It’s a great way to showcase fashion and the athletes look great in the clothes.”
Ten percent of the evening’s proceeds went to the Jets’ charity, and big spenders could walk away with Super Bowl tickets, VIP passes for a Jets home game and other gifts.
“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