NEW YORK — Fur and accessories designer Adrienne Landau is finally getting into a medium she’s dreamed about for years: lingerie.
“It will be an exclusive at Saks Fifth Avenue and it will be the first time I’ll ever be designing lingerie,” said Landau. “I’ve always been inspired by kimonos and wrap robes, that glamour of the robes and vintage prints of the Twenties and Thirties.”
The compact collection of eight kimonos, robes and caftans will be introduced in September and will be housed in the innerwear department of the Saks flagship here. Landau said trunk shows are planned for two Saks units: San Francisco and Bal Harbour, Fla.
First-year wholesale sales projection is $1 million, said Landau. Prices have not been finalized.
Anne Caetano, divisional merchandise manager of intimate apparel and hosiery at Saks, said, “Adrienne’s robes are stunning and a work of art. We came to them because she has done a lot of beautiful product for us in our accessories world and we were looking for very special robes for fourth-quarter selling. I envision this as a future opportunity for us. Actually, there are several pieces that can be worn in or out, and I plan to buy them for myself.”
As for designing lingerie, Landau said, “It’s really an easy transition for me. It’s very much the feeling of what I do with accessories. I’ll be taking a classic kimono and give it a side-tie that’s tight and sexy looking.”
Fabrics and treatments will include a brushed paisley challis that has a silk-like hand, silks, multicolor printed velvets, embroideries and burnout effects. Landau added that she will be creating coordinating slippers to go with the boudoir fare.
“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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