West Watch: Bewitching Bling … Black Is The New Green … OC’s Fashion Wave
BEWITCHING BLING: TV's beloved good witch, Samantha Stevens, hits the big screen this weekend in "Bewitched," with Nicole Kidman in the title role. And she sparkles throughout thanks to a heart-shape diamond pendant inspired by the...
BEWITCHING BLING: TV's beloved good witch, Samantha Stevens, hits the big screen this weekend in "Bewitched," with Nicole Kidman in the title role. And she sparkles throughout thanks to a heart-shape diamond pendant inspired by the piece Elizabeth Montgomery wore in the Seventies-era television series. Try as many major jewelry houses did to win the chance to design the pave and platinum heart, the job went to the mall staple Zales. "It just made sense that Samantha, this Everywoman, would shop Zales, not Cartier or Harry Winston," said Kathryn Vanderveen of entertainment marketing firm K2, who approached Sony Pictures on behalf of client Zales. Six of the $2,499 pendants were made for the film.
BLACK IS THE NEW GREEN: Like red lipstick and oversize sunglasses, the iconic ideal of the little black dress as chic staple has been manifested in endless incarnations. So it was no surprise the styles up for grabs at last Wednesday's Little Black Dress fund-raiser benefiting Stop Cancer, a nonprofit committed to funding research and chaired by former Paramount Pictures chief Sherry Lansing, were a diverse bunch by 30 designers mostly from Los Angeles.
There was a long, slinky Halston-inspired dress from Petro Zillia's Nony Tochterman as well as Rami Kashou's take on the dress as a cocktail frock. Others — or, at least, their dresses — also traveled the distance, including Colleen Quen from San Francisco, with one of her opera-worthy gowns, and, in lacy product only, London's Alice Temperley.
The 700-plus cosmo-carrying partyers around the pool at Westwood's W Hotel raised $30,000 from the auction of these dresses, as well as a few raffled gift packages. The highest bid? Just $1,500 for a sexy number by new buzz designer Juan Carlos Obando. After the successful showing and another last year at Diane von Furstenberg's studio in New York's Meatpacking District, founder Emmy Cortes is taking the two-year-old LBD event to Manchester, England, Sept. 10.
OC'S FASHION WAVE: Karla Stevens, costume supervisor for "The O.C.," is leaving the Fox TV show. Stevens will be costume supervisor for "Hot Properties," a new program airing in the fall on ABC and produced by Warner Bros. Television, which also produces "The O.C." Her role in fashioning the wardrobe of "The O.C." cast has helped make it a product placement haven, similar in popularity to ABC's "Desperate Housewives." The show's sartorial buzz has spurred Warner Bros. to launch a clothing line for the fall in partnership with Necessary Objects and available exclusively on Amazon.com as well as a contemporary knit line with 2 Love for sale at Intuition in West Los Angeles. Karine Joret, senior vice president of worldwide communications for Warner Bros., said the change won't affect the new clothing ventures or the signature style of the show. Stevens' replacement hasn't been named.
“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