FASHION AT THE GROVE: Los Angeles will try to revive its runway season Thursday with a series of fashion events at The Grove outdoor lifestyle center. Dubbed “Fashion @ The Grove,” the kickoff consists of a runway presentation with local designers Cynthia Vincent of Twelfth Street; Michelle Mason of Mason; John Whitledge, Jon Rose and Sara Mehrkhast of Trovata; Nony Tochterman of Petro Zillia; Jason Belick and Jamie Haller of ever, and Ali Fatourechi of Genetic Denim.
The inaugural program focuses on designers who sell at Barneys New York Co-op. The event is open to the public, but seats along the runway will go to “platinum level” Grove customers who drop $25,000 or more annually at the shopping center. The shows begin at 9 p.m. — A.R.K. SPOTLIGHT ON OTIS: Luxury retailers, skateboarders, entertainment execs and fashionistas gathered this month for Otis College of Art and Design’s annual gala in Beverly Hills. Like many award shows shaken by the economy, the Los Angeles school’s 27th annual fashion show on May 2 at the Beverly Hilton adopted a more subdued tone. Gone were the Cirque du Soleil acrobats along with the live cellist serenading models.
But almost 800 guests — including designers Kevan Hall, Juan Carlos Obando, Todd Oldham (in a beard and track jacket) and John Martens, vice president and general manager of Neiman Marcus’ Beverly Hills store — attended to help raise about $1 million for Otis’ scholarship fund.
Also attending was a crew from Nike, which has turned to Otis for more than 10 years to feed its design teams with young talent. In a sign of Nike’s relationship with the school, chief executive officer and president Mark Parker on Saturday delivered the commencement speech and received an honorary doctorate.
At the gala, Bob Hurley, founder and chairman of Nike’s action sports brand, and Sally Frame Kasaks, chairman and ceo of Pacific Sunwear of California, received this year’s Otis Creative Vision Award. Kasaks paid tribute to Dick Baker, the former Op president and Otis trustee, who died in April. “No one ever said ‘no’ to Dick,” she said. “He touched everyone with his energy, optimism, savvy.” — K.T.L.T.
“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