SHE’S GOT THE LUCA: Luca Luca’s pale yellow strapless linen eyelet top and matching silk organza ballskirt from the spring 2003 collection are quite the must-have items this season. According to the company, the flowing ensemble retails...
SHE’S GOT THE LUCA: Luca Luca’s pale yellow strapless linen eyelet top and matching silk organza ballskirt from the spring 2003 collection are quite the must-have items this season. According to the company, the flowing ensemble retails for $1,600 and has sold out at all six Luca Luca boutiques — making for a total of 84.
NO JACKET REQUIRED: Lafayette, a tony midtown eatery that shuttered its doors decades ago, used to keep a skirt in its coat room to spruce up any woman who strayed from the dress code. Even Jackie Onassis reportedly didn’t make it by the maître d’ one day in the mid-Sixties.
The safety skirt would be hard to find in these jacketless times, but at least one restaurateur is doing what he can to make sure his dining room is well-appointed. At Le Perigord, casual calls for special treatment, as in another room. Proprietor Georges Briguet sees to it that dressed-down women and men in slacks are seated in the back room. He made the move after noticing more younger, casual diners. His regulars have also taken note.
"Women especially object to being seated next to someone who is not dressed properly," Briguet said. "We try to keep everyone happy. We never mention there is a dress code. But we don’t have the luxury of turning them away. Business is not booked three months ahead of time as it once was. We have to pay the rent, so we close an eye a little bit."
Sometimes the partial blindness isn’t enough to ease the sting.
Briguet said: "In my 39 years in business, I still get very upset when someone comes in who is not dressed properly — it doesn’t matter where they sit."
FINISHING TOUCHES: To celebrate its 35th anniversary, Annikki Karvinen, a Finnish coat line, will host a special event at the Scandinavia House on Park Avenue in Manhattan, stage trunk shows at 30 better specialty stores in the U.S. and run a full-page ad in Town & Country in August.
The marketing will highlight the brand’s Scandinavian design and handloomed details. The company’s weavers spend two full days to make a coat, said Marjo Benavides, sales manager. One day is needed to make the yarn and another to cut and sew the garment. Coats wholesale from $310 to $1,000, with most in the $500 range.Last year, Annikki Karvinen generated $600,000 of its $7 million in worldwide sales in the U.S., Benavides said. Her aim is to bolster U.S. sales to $1 million, "but in the times we live in, that might be tough this year," she said.
BOOKS AND COATS: On view at Barnes & Noble’s Chelsea store —located at Sixth Avenue and 21st Street in New York — are 12 coats designed by students in the American Couture Fashion course at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
The coats are the students’ final projects and include a purple and orange silk mandarin-style coat with hand embroidery by Kendel Neidermyer, as well as an olive cotton twill coat with deconstructed bias cut strips from Yu-Ling Hsu. The collaboration will continue each semester as a new collection of garments will be on display, according to Francesca Sterlacci, chair of the fashion design program.
LANGNER LANDS IN NY: Rome-based bridal and eveningwear designer Peter Langner will open his first New York showroom Saturday to coincide with the bridal market. It is at 108 West 39th Street and will be open for private appointments, according to Julia Stone, U.S. sales manager.
“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