Fashion might be a spectator sport, but that doesn’t mean the sidelines are free of bumps and bruises. The collections are no stranger to pain, with ordeals ranging from pushy swarms of paparazzi to the now-notorious tales of front-row disasters past (Suzy Menkes’ run-in with falling ceiling debris at Michael Kors circa 1990, anyone?).
SMOKE SHOW: BCBG Max Azria kicked off fashion week with a bang—or rather, a flame. During a makeup test, a fire erupted backstage at the brand’s Broadway showroom. Despite the momentary chaos, makeup artist Val Garland kept calm and carried on, simply requesting that a nearby window be opened. NEED A LIFT? A bevy of editors found themselves trapped following the Philosophy by Natalie Ratabesi show when the venue’s freight elevator stalled between two floors. Fire trucks soon arrived at the West 34th Street location, saving the likes of Suzy Menkes and Lucky’s Eva Chen as they climbed ladders to safety. ON THE FLOOR: On the miserably wet first night of the London shows, MAC Cosmetics held a dinner at Somerset House to celebrate Miles Aldridge’s latest photo exhibition. Upon making her way into the party, Daphne Guinness lost her footing as she hit a particularly slippery patch of marble. The audience for the fall was mercifully small, save for the MAC p.r. team, who quickly chirped orders for mops and towels, “because Daphne Guinness just slipped!” TOWER OF TERROR: This season, Peter Dundas carried on his tradition of hosting Pucci’s runway show at Palazzo Serbelloni. Ornamented with gilded decor, Italian marble and opulent murals, the Corso Venezia show space remains one of Milan’s most stunning venues—and perhaps also one of its most dangerous. With no modern elevator in place, showgoers must climb the single spiraling staircase up several stories to the runway space. Same goes for the post-show rush to exit, causing a chaotic pileup, not to mention overall fire hazard. But for some editors, the risk was twofold this season, as Fausto Puglisi also showed in the treacherous palace.
FLIGHT RISK: While making the trip from Milan to Paris, an Air France flight filled with the fashion flock, including Glenda Bailey, Linda Wells and Mark Lee, was forced to abort its landing only moments from touchdown, due to “adverse runway conditions.” The plane lurched upward and proceeded to circle for an additional 15 minutes before finally pulling in to Charles de Gaulle. HOT FLASH: It was a particularly steamy September, with temperatures in New York hitting 96 degrees. While some viewed the weather as an excuse to prolong their summer wardrobe, others simply couldn’t handle the heat. At Clover Canyon’s Lincoln Center presentation, several models standing under the James Turrell-inspired neon lights were helped off the stage after nearly fainting. By the weeks’ end, the Marc Jacobs team was coping with its own heat wave. As a balmy rainstorm raged on outside, soaked guests ducked into the Lexington Avenue Armory only to be met with even more extreme conditions: ovenlike heat clearing triple digits, all thanks to a non-existent air-conditioning system and poor circulation. To help beat the heat, KCD staffers doled out mini bottles of Fiji water and portable paper fans throughout the (appropriately enough) beach-themed set. Those thinking ahead smartly stashed these show favors, as the heat held up throughout Europe—and while beautiful and chock full of history, those old Victorian venues aren’t equipped with modern ventilation.
@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