ATLANTA -- The lights go down. The music swells. From somewhere in the mists a voice addresses the assembled crowd. "Flash photography is strictly forbidden," intones the apparition who doubles as master of ceremonies, "because of the extreme danger...
ATLANTA -- The lights go down. The music swells. From somewhere in the mists a voice addresses the assembled crowd. "Flash photography is strictly forbidden," intones the apparition who doubles as master of ceremonies, "because of the extreme danger it poses to the people of our world."
"Our world" is Cirque du Soleil, an extraordinary, almost surreal entertainment that combines theatrical elements with traditional circus acts. This year's production, "Saltimbanco," juxtaposed mysterious characters, intricately painted backdrops and elaborate costumes under a yellow and blue big top tent that rolled into midtown on Nov. 18.
The parties surrounding the opening were almost as glamorous as the performance itself. On the first night, guests shuttled to the Nations Bank building penthouse on Peachtree Street and were treated to French and Italian food, champagne and candlelight provided by caterer Gloriosa. Even after a nearly three-hour production, the cast had energy to spare, launching an impromptu stunt show on the crowded dance floor.
The next evening, AID Atlanta raised more than $100,000 dollars during a three-part benefit chaired by John Oetgen, Betsy Pritchett and Candy Sheehan and coordinated by more than 100 volunteers. Party-goers started off with hot dogs, Glorifieds and Frosted Orange Specials from The Varsity Junior Restaurant. Then after the Cirque du Soleil performance, they were treated to an all-white celebration dubbed "Star Night, Star Bright" and catered by The Ritz-Carlton.
“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