More than 18,000 spectacular roses wilted in the summer heat along with hundreds of revelers on the sweaty dance floor as Boucheron feted its latest collection of jewelry on Wednesday night. Gucci Group creative director Tom Ford stopped by to inspect...
More than 18,000 spectacular roses wilted in the summer heat along with hundreds of revelers on the sweaty dance floor as Boucheron feted its latest collection of jewelry on Wednesday night. Gucci Group creative director Tom Ford stopped by to inspect the jewels, as did Margherita Missoni, Sheik Majed Al-Sabah and Fendi creative director Silvia Venturini. But it was also a 110th birthday party for Boucheron’s flagship on a prime corner of Place Vendôme, where Boucheron creative director Solange Azagury-Partridge held court. Her rallying cry that fine jewelry shouldn’t be too serious, formal or grand is underscored by the name of the collection: Not Bourgeois. “The idea is to be liberated and free with jewelry, not stash it in a safe,” she explained.
The 60 one-of-a-kind pieces draw on Europe’s rich and sometimes twisted history, from bracelets resembling Elizabethan neck ruffs to a thin choker of rubies: an allusion to aristocrats who would wear red ribbon on their throats to show their sympathy with intimates who had been guillotined. There are more playful pieces, too, including a series of rings based on animals — frogs clutching orbs, a starfish curling a tendril. Another group features human figures, mostly women with long hair, curled into rings, bracelets and pendants. One bracelet is literally an outstretched hand offering a diamond — not a bad birthday present.
“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