DOLLING UP DISNEY: Snow White will be stepping out of the woods next spring in a ruffle-trimmed cotton cardigan, silk chiffon scarf accentuated with a fawn charm and a canvas tote printed with gold-foiled silhouettes of her forest friends — all courtesy of Charlotte Tarantola’s new collaboration with Walt Disney Co. Retailing from $59 to $158, the tops and accessories from Charlotte Tarantola for Disney will be available starting in February at Fred Segal Fun in Santa Monica, Calif., and other specialty stores. Alice in Wonderland may become the next makeover candidate in 2010. — K.T.L.T.
MALDONADO BRANCHES OUT: Margaret Maldonado, whose agency MMA represents a stable of Hollywood wardrobe and hair stylists, makeup artists and photographers, is breaking into the apparel business, with a line called, L’Agence. The 30-piece debut capsule collection for resort featured pieces designed by MMA stylists Simone Harouche and Maryam Malakpour.
The 80-piece spring-summer 2009 collection, which showed at Designers & Agents in New York, had items designed by Cristina Ehrlich, Dawn Boonyachlito and Larissa Williams. Under Maldonado’s creative direction, the collection includes relaxed layering pieces in black, cream, gray and blue georgette, washed silk, linen, Modal and Lycocel inspired by a holiday on the French Riviera.
The collection also includes metal jewelry and accessories such as scarves and a BlackBerry bag. Wholesale prices range from $38 to $350. Stores include Ron Herman and Selfridges.
“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