That’s the latest trend for Pierre Bergé, who is selling his two-room pad at New York’s Pierre Hotel — plus all its contents — and channeling proceeds toward the Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé Foundation, which inaugurates its second fashion exhibition here next week.
“I hardly go to New York anymore,” reasoned the former YSL couture boss, who commissioned Sotheby’s in New York, rather than his own Paris-based auction house, to sell his impressive collection of early American furniture and artworks.
Highlights of the art sale, set for Nov. 30, include a painting by George de Forest Brush, “The Indian and the Lily,” expected to fetch $2 million to $3 million; a pair of Tiffany floor lamps, circa 1900, estimated to go for $40,000 to $60,000, and an elaborate rosewood cabinet, circa 1860, valued at $30,000 to $50,000.
Also for sale is the two-bedroom corner apartment on the 38th floor, which Bergé bought more than 30 years ago, enlisting architect Peter Marino and the late decorator Jed Johnson, who blended styles from Africa, India and the Far East in a late 19th-century style. Units in that building typically go for more than $2 million and Bergé’s apartment is expected to sell for about $9 million.
Meanwhile, the foundation’s debut exhibition, “Yves Saint Laurent and Art,”will next travel to the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt March 1-May 8. After that, it is bound for St. Petersburg. At the invitation of the Russian government, the YSL/Bergé foundation will mount a massive exhibition spanning several locations, including the State Hermitage Museum and several palaces, displaying more than 300 Saint Laurent originals. It will start in mid-June.
In the Paris space, Robert Wilson has mounted a show around the Fables of Jean de la Fontaine, which Bergé plans to unveil to the press on Tuesday.
“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