When they're getting ready to work, some designers sharpen their pencils. Others take a few deep breaths. Anthony Liggins heads for his sound system -- and loads it up with jazz or classical music. "Music...
When they're getting ready to work, some designers sharpen their pencils. Others take a few deep breaths. Anthony Liggins heads for his sound system -- and loads it up with jazz or classical music. "Music gets me in the right frame of mind," explains the Atlanta-based designer.
Contemporary styling and clean lines harmonize in Liggins' three-year-old line, with counterpoint provided by such details as French cuffs on blouses, single straps dividing the back of otherwise-backless vests and buttons etched with faces. "My clothes are simplistic with an avant-garde edge," he notes.
Liggins' new agreement with the mart's Williams and Barnes showroom, has the duet making sweet music together. Liggins scored 10 new accounts during the January market, his first. Stores include Agenda, N.Y.; America, South Miami Beach, Fla. Mademoiselle, San Juan, and 319 King, Charleston, S.C. Wholesale prices range from $40 for a vest to $140 for a jacket.
A Lovable Cause
Money-saving "buy two, get one free" tags are common sights on bras these days. But The Lovable Company has a different kind of tag promotion -- one that's designed to save lives.
The Buford, Ga.-based firm is joining forces with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes research funding, education, screening and treatment, to fight the disease. This spring, all Lovable bras will include a pink collar tag containing the Komen Foundation's toll-free information line, plus a shower card illustrating proper breast self-examination techniques.
The program was introduced -- along with Lovable's new line of bras and panties called Rumours -- at a tea at the Hotel Nikko. Guests received a pink lace bra and the Komen Foundation was presented with a check for $1,500.
"We approached many lingerie companies with our message, but nobody listened until now," said Maureen Lok, president of the Atlanta chapter of the Komen foundation. "Everyone except Lovable thought the message was too negative."
A Taste of Tom Tom
With its separate rear entrance and valet parking, Tom Tom might as well be tucked away in one of Atlanta's trendy neighborhoods. But don't look for the city's newest bistro in Buckhead or Virginia Highlands. It's located in the Lenox Square Mall.The latest venture of Azalea owner Tom Catherall, Tom Tom has an upscale, casual atmosphere with high ceilings, Italian tile on the floor, marble columns and colorful artwork. An outdoor patio contributes to the feeling of a European sidewalk cafe. And once you're ready to order, the menu is loaded with fashionable -- yet sensible -- choices.
"I try to make the food healthy," says Catherall. "It's food for the Nineties with less fat, less meat." It's hard to go wrong with the signature catfish appetizer and the spinach ravioli. And when the friendly staff offers dessert, indulge. The macadamia nut key lime pie and three-flavor creme brulee (the flavors change almost daily, but one recent version combined chocolate mint, Bailey's and orange caramel) are irresistible.
“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