Joseph Abboud’s relationship with the Olympic Games goes back to 1988, when he outfitted NBC’s Bryant Gumbel for the network broadcast.
Now president and chief creative officer of HMX Group, parent company of Hickey Freeman, Abboud has stepped up his participation and will dress the entire male sportscasting team, on network and cable channels, in Hickey Freeman. Doncaster is outfitting three of NBC’s female sportscasters: Mary Carillo, Kelly Tilghman and Rennea Stubbs.
Each of the Olympics broadcasters, including Costas, Matt Lauer, Pat O’Brien, Al Michaels and Jimmy Fallon, will sport customized wardrobes for their on-air appearances. “We don’t do clothes off the rack,” Abboud said. “We don’t just give them a bunch of boxes and tell them to see what works. Our goal is to make them all look comfortable in their clothes.”
Costas weighed in: “Joe instinctively knows how to create a distinct style that works for the individual rather than impose some notion of fashion upon you. He understands the people he designs for and the circumstances for which they are dressing.”
For the opening ceremony, Hickey is producing a slim-fitting navy blazer with a custom-designed crest that incorporates the logos of NBC, the Olympics and Hickey Freeman. For tennis tournaments, parchment colored blazers with crests will be worn. “These are not the old Howard Cosell ABC ‘Wide World of Sports’ mustard blazers,” Abboud said. “We made them in great British fabrics in our factory in Rochester, N.Y. They’re heirloom pieces.”
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“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