Celebrity kids skipped, strutted, dribbled basketballs and some even did flips down the runway during a high-powered Rookie USA Fashion Show presented by Haddad Brands on the night of Feb. 15 at Skylight Clarkson Square.Hoodies, torn jeans, neon-colored sneakers, vibrant prints and sequin-sleeve denim jackets were part of the featured fall kids styles from Levi’s, Converse, Jordan, Nike and Hurley. The Jordan Brand unveiled select pieces from its fall Re2pect line of boys’ and girls’ apparel and accessories, offering a sneak peek into the kids collection and its first line for infants coming this summer.Celebrities in the crowd included Kevin Jonas, Ice T and Coco, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Jenni “Jwoww” Farley, Toni and Towanda Braxton, Victor Cruz, Tiki and Traci Barber, Antonio Cromartie, Carlos Beltrán, Buster Skrine and "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga — many of whom brought their kids to show off their modeling skills. The celebrity kids on the runway included Leah Still, Kennedy Cruz, Brooklyn Barber, Jack and Jasmine Barker, Alyssa Cheatham, Harper and Saint Tillman, Jagger and Jurzie and Jordynn Cromartie, among others.The show was hosted by fashion photographer Nigel Barker, featured a performance by BMI recording artist Sky Katz and all of the proceeds went to the Make-A-Wish Metro New York, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. On average, Make-A-Wish grants a wish every 35 minutes in the U.S. This year, Macy Charles, 18, who suffers from sickle cell anemia and Rylee Bess, 16, who has cystic fibrosis, both got their wishes granted to be models for a day in New York. Macy got her hair and makeup done, walked the red carpet and sat front row as a VIP at the Rookie USA show. Barker said he would treat both Macy and Rylee to their own photo shoots."Make-A-Wish needs everyone's help," Barker told the crowd. "I've done it for 10 years. It's the most rewarding thing I've ever done."
“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