DALLAS -- Just because Roz Campisi and Roxanne Phillips have the wealth and will to shop in exclusive stores doesn't mean they always want to drop a bundle of money on fashion -- especially jewelry. So the veterans of the charity fund-raising scene...
DALLAS -- Just because Roz Campisi and Roxanne Phillips have the wealth and will to shop in exclusive stores doesn't mean they always want to drop a bundle of money on fashion -- especially jewelry. So the veterans of the charity fund-raising scene linked up with Jill Ann Scott, who had retail and financial experience, to create their own accessories shop, Accessories Faux Real. "Prices are so high for throw-on jewelry, we decided to open a store that had a look at the right price for the Nineties," said Campisi. That price is typically under $100, with $40 to $60 being the most popular range for earrings and $60 to $80 for necklaces.
The 800-square-foot boutique specializes in knockoffs and in fashion jewelry collections with a contemporary or Southwestern edge. Leslie Block's bold, brushed goldplated jewelry with semiprecious stones has been a hot seller, along with delicate sterling looks by Mary B. Hetz and antique-looking rhinestone pieces from Roxanne Assoulin. Those seeking a lot of flash for little cash favor Chapter Five's rings, which mimic styles by Cartier and Bulgari, but sell for $35 to $55. Handbags, gifts ranging from $28 ostrich coin purses to $110 decorated crystal pyramids, plus an assortment of goods from Phillips's world travels round out the mix. The shop has made a profit every month since it opened last July in Turtle Creek Village and is on track to do $275,000 its first year, the owners said. They plan to throw a party once a week to maintain momentum, such as a trunk show, a men's night, a gay night or a fete for a charity group. Explained Campisi, "People shop better when it's fun."
“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