Scoops: Shock Talk … Temper, Temper, Part Two … Tough Sell
SHOCK TALK: As far as Alexander McQueen is concerned, the New York fashion industry consists of "200 Anna Suis and that guy Todd Oldham." So McQueen is going to do his best to give New York what he thinks is a much-needed wakeup call...
SHOCK TALK: As far as Alexander McQueen is concerned, the New York fashion industry consists of "200 Anna Suis and that guy Todd Oldham." So McQueen is going to do his best to give New York what he thinks is a much-needed wakeup call on Tuesday night with a film about his collection. The screening is part of a party being held by In the Mix to celebrate the opening of its new West Broadway offices. The 25-year-old London designer, who has worked for Koji Tatsuno and Romeo Gigli, caught the attention of editors at his second show this February. He calls his look "classic tailoring with a hint of perversity," and says, "I want to give New York a kick up the ass, really. I'm trying to break down the boundaries of tailoring and fabric, and the film is going to show people things that aren't what they like to see."
Such as? "Transvestites, just as they are -- not all dressed up. And things that inspire me, like old Man Ray or Mary Ellen Mark photos. It's done in a way that will shock people."
TEMPER, TEMPER, PART TWO: "Poor little Laura Whitcomb -- give me a break! I feel like poor little Oribe!" If Oribe didn't have a temper tantrum backstage Saturday night at Laura Whitcomb's fashion show, which started nearly an hour late, he sure blew his stack when he heard that Whitcomb blamed him for the fiasco (Tuesday's WWD).
"I was doing this for nothing," says the hairstylist. "I told her, 'You should keep the little amount of money you're paying me and go to a finishing school, because you have to learn how to talk to people."'
The argument between the stylist and the designer erupted, says Oribe, when Whitcomb ordered him to brush out one of his elaborate coifs.
"Who does she think she is, Calvin Klein? He pays me $20,000 -- he says brush it out, I brush it out. "Karl Lagerfeld tells me, 'The girls don't go out until you say they go out.' And here's this little girl who designs in an Adidas tennis shoe ordering me around. I'm 38 years old -- I could be her father!"TOUGH SELL: Russell Simmons is determined to get his Phat Farm into Bloomingdale's. At Anna Sui's show, he yelled over people's heads to Kal Ruttenstein, asking him if he'd seen the fall line yet. Ruttenstein shook his head no. Simmons response? "Oh come on. It is so fresh. You got all that Double RL and all that stuff."
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“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