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CROSS-COUTURE: Crise or no crise, many couture houses say business is booming. And at least one of them has found a whole new customer base. According to the house's designer, a crop of jet-setting transvestites and...
CROSS-COUTURE: Crise or no crise, many couture houses say business is booming. And at least one of them has found a whole new customer base. According to the house's designer, a crop of jet-setting transvestites and transsexuals has started to buy couture. "One of them comes by private jet and buys ten dresses at once," said the designer. "He goes into the fitting room, just like everybody else." Was this a transsexual or a transvestite? "I don't know if he came with or without an accessory," responded the designer.
FRANCO-ITALIAN PACT: Karl Lagerfeld and Gianni Versace can't seem to get enough of each other. Saturday night, the pair jointly hosted a party chez Karl, and on Monday night they appeared on French television, complimenting each other's collections. Now Karl promises that something "commercial" is in the works, but won't say what. Maybe they'll do QVC together, since Karl is in love with the idea of the new channel. "Diane Von Furstenberg told me all about it, and I'm dying to be on," he said. Karl will certainly have something to pitch later in the year. He and Elizabeth Arden are launching a new perfume named Sun, Moon and Stars. Karl is also planning to do the costumes for Francis Ford Coppola's new movie, "Pinocchio."
LIFE AFTER: Christian Lacroix is getting a new fragrance, too, but not until 1995. No name has been chosen yet for the perfume, which will be produced and distributed by Parfums Givenchy. As for C'est La Vie, Lacroix's current fragrance, there are rumors it may be pulled from the stores. Parfums Dior, which produces that fragrance and is, like Givenchy and Lacroix, controlled by Bernard Arnault, refused to comment.
HAUTE HOSPITAL: The chicest place in Paris around Christmastime was the American Hospital in Neuilly. Among the patients: Marie-Helene de Rothschild, Jacqueline de Ribes and Yves Saint Laurent.
HIGH-DEFINITION COUTURE: Event Media's plan to broadcast the couture collections in the U.S. may have collapsed, but their former French partners have been busy shooting the shows in high-definition TV anyway. Paris-based HD Mode has already shot over a dozen collections and closed a deal to broadcast them on a French cable and satellite chanel. "The U.S. deal didn't fail because it was a bad idea. It failed because we had bad partners," said HD Mode's president Jacques Scandelari, who added that his group is talking with two U.S. groups interested in broadcasting couture footage. Both HD Mode and the Chambre Syndicale are suing Event Media for breach of contract.
“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