Designers traveled from the city to the jungle and back with looks that ranged from cool little jackets to great-looking classic jodhpurs.
Trend Les Copains: New designer, new era! Now that Antonio Berardi has replaced Antonio Marras in the driver's seat at Trend Les Copains, he is clearly steering the collection his way. For spring, Berardi went on a safari romp mixed with Seventies glamour that the designer described as "very Veruschka."
His expedition led to faded jungle prints and ethnic-y stripes for breezy silk blouses and minidresses and onto crinkled linens for sheaths and small jackets with shell and stone tribal beadings. Pale naturals and cocoa browns, along with bold gold metal jewelry, completed it all.
And for those nonsafari moments, Berardi introduced frothy cotton dresses, ruffle front dusters and jersey tops with crocheted insets over prairie skirts. With pretty and sensible clothes taking the spotlight here, Berardi is off to a good start.
Belstaff: In the finicky world of fashion branding, what's more important: runway credibility or celebrity recognition? For Belstaff, which has built its name on dressing a slew of A-list actors in its impossibly fitted leather bombers and belted safari jackets, it seems the answer is runway cred. Why else would the venerable, Italian-owned British brand spend so much money to stage a runway show inside Milan's imposing Castello Sfozesco and have Alex Wek on board? Trim leather cargo jackets, terrific canvas safari jackets, cropped pleated shorts or tan jodhpurs were perfect for romantic jaunts in the Sahara or quick escapes from the city on a bike, but ultimately are better viewed on Nicole Kidman in her recent film "The Interpreter" than a catwalk.
“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