WestWatch: Bulgari’s TV Close-Up… L.A. Fashion Fever…
Glamour and glitz — along with "Dynasty"-style drama — are back with ABC's new show, "Dirty Sexy Money," which premiered Sunday night at the Paramount Studios theater, with an after party hosted by Bulgari
BULGARI'S TV CLOSE-UP: Glamour and glitz — along with "Dynasty"-style drama — are back with ABC's new show, "Dirty Sexy Money," which premiered Sunday night at the Paramount Studios theater, with an after party hosted by Bulgari. The show makes its debut on small screens tonight, featuring fresh faces Samaire Armstrong and Natalie Zea, who play the spoiled Darling sisters, daughters of family patriarch Tripp Darling, portrayed by Donald Sutherland. "It's probably my easiest job ever," said "The O.C." alum Armstrong, who was dripping in Bulgari bling. "There are so many people to reference," she said of her wannabe actress socialite alter ego Juliet Darling. Viewers will only have to wait three episodes to see a Crystal vs. Alexis-style catfight, which goes down in the Beverly Hills Bulgari boutique (masquerading as the New York store) when Juliet clashes with an old rival. "We start throwing jewelry everywhere and I get to take her down, it's great," Armstrong said. — Marcy Medina
L.A. FASHION FEVER: Designers in Los Angeles are fine-tuning plans for their spring presentations during fashion week next month. Eco-conscious designer Linda Loudermilk will strut straight to Helios House, BP's environmentally friendly gas station at Olympic and Robertson Boulevards, for her first formal runway show Oct. 17 on her home turf. Loudermilk will work with producer Jeffrey Best to use the gas station to show looks fitting the theme of wind and trash. "The space really lends itself to building a great platform for the show," said Loudermilk Inc. chief operating officer Maggie Finneran, citing BP's "wonderful green initiative."
Bradley Baumkirchner, an alumnus of the reality TV show "Project Runway," is opting for a more conventional venue. Although he hasn't decided whether to show at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, Calif., where most of the runway events will be held, Baumkirchner said he will veer away from his avant-garde roots to highlight A-line skirts in sky blue silk chiffon and other dainty and airy looks inspired by the young Latina girls in his neighborhood. — Khanh T.L. Tran
“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