With all eyes on Michael Douglas today — or, more specifically, the release of his much anticipated sequel to “Wall Street” — WWD takes a look at the actor, pre-Catherine Zeta-Jones.
On July 9, 1984, the paper ran a profile of Douglas, who was fresh off his success in “Romancing the Stone.” “I love my work and I’m really fortunate,” he said. “It’s like an adult sandbox. It’s make-believe.” Still, Douglas admitted “there’s not a lot of good material out there,” which also explained the producer’s cap he wore on the film as well as on “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “The China Syndrome.” “Finding a good script is like falling in love with a girl,” he continued. “You flirt with her a little bit and then you’re hooked. You can’t get her out of your mind, and that’s what happens with my projects. It takes so long to make a movie, and you can’t get a divorce from it, so you’ve got to make sure that it’s the right one.”
Despite his acting pedigree — he’s the son of actors Kirk Douglas and Diana Dill — Douglas waited until his senior year at the University of California, Santa Barbara, to pursue drama — and only when “they forced me to choose a major.” But he went on to New York’s Eugene O’Neill Theater and, later, did a string of off-Broadway shows until CBS Films brought him to Los Angeles. “[California] was the most exciting place to be, with the music scene and the student movements,” Douglas recalled. “I was a hippie.” Not exactly your Gordon Gekko-type. But the following line, in response to what drives him, could well have come from Gekko’s “Wall Street” lips: “[What drives me is] the energy I get from wanting revenge,” Douglas said, only half-kidding. “I’m a fairly vindictive guy, and I think this can be channeled positively.”
“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