SELF-REFERENTIAL SOUNDTRACKS: You can’t blame an entrepreneurial superstar for trying to get the most promotional mileage out of her fashion show. Jennifer Lopez blasted her new single, “Hold It Don’t Drop It,” over the sound system as her spring collection went down the catwalk, while hubby Marc Anthony sang along from his front-row seat.
Elsewhere, designers’ playlists gave musical shout-outs to their rocker pals in the crowd. Rihanna strutted down the Dsquared runway to the sound of her own voice singing “Shut Up and Drive.” And when the lights went up on the Dior by John Galliano show, Sting’s “An Englishman in New York” boomed, much to the delight of the Englishman himself, poised in the front row with wife Trudie Styler.
But some celebs showed up simply to catch the action and cheer on their friends. Lily Allen hit Luella, Mary J. Blige went to J.Mendel, Kanye West sat for no fewer than 10 shows and Paul McCartney came out for his daughter, Stella. Even seldom-seen Carole King braved the paparazzi frenzy, sitting in Zac Posen’s front row alongside fellow musicians Lisa Marie Presley; her daughter, Riley Keough, and Bette Midler.
MOST CONTROVERSIAL: The lyrics to The Pierces’ song, “Boring,” are racy for even the most risqué designer—“Sexy boy/Girl on girl/Ménage à trois/Boring/Marijuana/Cocaine/Heroin/Boring”—so when they came blaring over the sound system at Ralph Lauren’s 40th anniversary show, editors couldn’t help but look at each other in disbelief. Was this really the soundtrack for the Lauren lifestyle? It got even more outrageous with the second verse: “Galliano/Donatella/Dolce & Gabbana/Boring.” One can only assume the designer dis was all in good fun. ALL TOGETHER NOW: Some audience members couldn’t help but sing along when their favorite tracks played at the shows. At Vera Wang, front-rower and socialite Jamee Gregory gleefully joined in on The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun,” and when Olivia Newton-John’s “Xanadu” started at Michael Kors, Mario Testino and Hal Rubenstein matched the campy songstress note for note.
PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM: Any editor or buyer who considered adding folk singer Feist’s album, Reminder, to their collections got a pretty good taste of the record this season when no less than three designers played tracks off the album. Pringle chose “1234,” Carolina Herrera opted for “My Moon My Man” and Erin Fetherston went for “Sealion.”
MOST INVENTIVE MIXES: The designers in Milan raised the bar for playlists with the most creative collaborations. At MaxMara, a techno pop and electronic arrangement of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly was mixed with Malcolm McLaren’s “Buffalo Gals 2 Remix.” Giorgio Armani was inspired by Southern Italy and opened his show with stornelli (short popular tunes) and the electronic sounds of Agricantus, a Sicilian band. And Jil Sander combined the instrumental “Moss Garden” by David Bowie and Brian Eno with the sounds of a koto, a traditional Japanese string instrument, and a synthesizer.
“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