Name: Marine Deleeuw Age: 19 Agency: The Society Hometown: Valenciennes, France Number of shows walked: 65, including Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Tom Ford and Versace.
WWD: How did you react when you found out that you had walked the most shows this season? Marine Deleeuw: I was really surprised. My agency sent me something that said, “Congratulations, you are the top girl.” I was like, “No way guys, that’s not possible.” My friend, Josephine Le Tutour, was doing every show—everything—so I was surprised. But we got coffee and joked about it. It’s not a competition.
WWD: What were some of the highlights of your season? M.D.: I think my best memory was walking in the Dolce & Gabbana finale. Chanel was one of my favorites. I took a lot of pictures there because it was so nice. Chanel is always so big, and I feel so little. Like, I am nothing compared to this.
WWD: Any low moments? M.D.: I cried at Alexander McQueen [when they bleached my eyebrows]. I’m not a crying person, normally. I never cry. But they bleached my eyebrows and dyed them back at Dior, and, two days later, again at McQueen. It was so painful. But, it’s fine. It’s fashion.
WWD: How do the cities compareto each other? M.D.: I think New York is the easiest because it’s first. After London, you don’t really live and you don’t really sleep. You just walk. Paris is the hardest because it’s 10 days and it’s the last city. But, for me, Paris is the best fashion week. It’s home. It’s French. It’s in the city of fashion.
WWD: What do you carry with you at all times during fashion week? M.D.: A phone charger, which isgood when you have no batteryand everyone is trying to call you. Then, a lip balm, some moisturizer and my phone.
WWD: What do you do after the shows every night? M.D.: I’ll shower and eat and go right to bed. Next season I think I’m going to try to go [to parties]. Some people will say, “Come to the party, it’s going to be fun!” And I say, “Yes but I have a lot of shows tomorrow and my face is sh-t and I’m tired, so I can’t go.”
WWD: What was your final show of the season? M.D.: Hermès. It was really nice. Backstage, there was some girl doing massages and Julia Nobis was playing her guitar. It was the last hoorah.
WWD: What did you do to celebrate the end of the season? M.D.: I went directly home,which is two hours by train.I took the car to pick up mystuff, and then I took thesubway to the train becausethere is a lot of traffic in Paris. But I saw my family and there was a big, heavy French dinner for me. [I thought,] “I’m home.”
“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