BELLO FOCUSED: Maria Bello, the face of Max Mara's fall catalogue, is adopting a take-charge attitude to go with her new role. "I'm over girly, and I'm much more into male dressing now," she said Friday at Tower Bar in Los Angeles at a Women in Film luncheon honoring her. "Diane Keaton is my inspiration.
"I'm the person on the plane who drives everyone crazy tearing pictures out of magazines. On my last trip, this was the first look I tore out," she said of her overall-style frock. "I love wearing clothes that make you feel like a powerhouse, yet men still find sexy." — M.M.
GAINING MOMENTUM: Graham & Spencer, the chic but easy contemporary label designed by the duo behind the T-shirt and knit dress line Velvet, said orders for the inaugural fall collection have been strong and the company is increasing its first-year sales forecast to $5 million to $8 million, from its initial projection of $4 million. "We were very excited about how crazy people were for it," said Toni Spencer, the London-born designer who works on Velvet and Graham & Spencer with Johannesburg, South Africa, native Jenny Graham.
Among the 30 or so retailers that ordered the fall collection are Neiman Marcus and Henri Bendel in New York, Harvey Nichols in London and Holt Renfrew in Toronto. Specialty retailers adding the label include Curve in Los Angeles, Fred Segal Trend in Santa Monica, Calif., and Metier in San Francisco.
Graham & Spencer's holiday collection will have 50 pieces, up from some 40 styles offered for fall, and will include coats. "We're entering a phase in the market right now that is relatively embellished-free," Graham said. "We're using beautiful fabrics that have a shine for holiday."
“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