In its fourth installment, the 120-exhibitor Pool show, at the Alexis Park Hotel Aug. 24-28, continues to attract specialty buyers by word-of-mouth. The message of this show seemed to be unusual lines, and some buyers said the focus here was...
In its fourth installment, the 120-exhibitor Pool show, at the Alexis Park Hotel Aug. 24-28, continues to attract specialty buyers by word-of-mouth. The message of this show seemed to be unusual lines, and some buyers said the focus here was more on clothes, less on hype. While screen-printed T-shirts were prevalent, the number of women’s accessories and clothing lines swelled, and a shoe show made its debut in an adjacent conference room.
Amid club music and Ping-Pong tables, several new lines bowed, including London-based Soochi and Choosi, and a handful of fledgling Los Angeles lines — Touched, Inkd, Belka and Army Pink. Knickers, bias-cut dresses, asymmetric jersey tops and miniskirts sold well.
Wendy Waters, a buyer from Out of the Blue in Winnipeg, sat at a poolside table tabulating her orders from Soochi, OK 47 and Skaen, and said she was looking for pieces her customers wouldn’t be likely to find easily elsewhere.
Le Villers Popov of Factory People in Austin, Tex., checked out Eighties-style leather bags from a new Los Angeles, resource Em’ Lala, and said she was looking for “the next big thing” in denim and T-shirts with Japanese graphics. “There’s a lot of nice flavor at this show, from the Brooklyn vibe to the Japanese aesthetic. It’s perfect clothes for people to listen to music in.”
Jamila Payne, owner of online boutique Milla by Mail, who shopped for offbeat items to mix with more mainstream pieces by BCBG, agreed. “There is so much out there. You totally neglect your customer if you don’t come to shows like this.”
“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