A dedicated fashion flock braved 95-degree temperatures Sept. 5 at a construction site to see a preview of Stanley Korshak’s fall men’s designer collections.
Though the locale at the unfinished Hotel ZaZa lacked adequate air conditioning, about 800 people gaily sweated it out at the party in the bare lobby. All the exposed sheet rock, spackling and bare light bulbs was more amusing than anything else — especially when viewed through a glaze of Moët & Chandon bubbly.
Show stylist Jan Strimple worked wonders with the space, marking a runway on the raw concrete floor with black and yellow caution tape and sending out models in tool belts and hard hats to clear the crowd off the runway before the fab fashions were trotted out.
"It was planned to be a construction-themed party all along, but my concern was it would be more raw than anticipated,’’ admitted Jim Farr, a vice president at Korshak who coordinated the party with co-sponsors Papercity magazine and Hotel ZaZa. "I mean, they had to pour temporary concrete as an entry way. But they got more windows in there in one day than I’ve ever seen anybody do. I was really nervous, but it turned out to be a great evening.’’
The Mediterranean-style hotel, which has been touted as a luxurious inn that will be chic but not snooty, is slated to open Nov. 12. "It’s going to be all can-do service —‘How high can I jump?’’’ said ZaZa developer Charles Givens.
Farr said that Korshak has drawn unexpectedly high attendance to its parties this season, which he viewed as a positive sign.
"Fall business is great —I’m so excited, but I don’t want to be cocky about it,’’ he said. "But all of the indicators are that people want to feel good and look good and are ready to have a good time again.’’
“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