Last season, Prabal Gurung dipped his foot into sportier than usualwaters; apparently he decided that pool’s not for him. For fall he againembraced a dressier mood, yet not one that drew a straight line back tothe ladified retro of his initial fame. The difference proveddelightful. A pink-and beige stucco runway set the mood for a lineupderived from twin inspirations: John Singer Sargent’s “A Parisian BeggarGirl,” and that infamous, sun-shunning shut-in Miss Havisham whoout-Edies both Edie Beales. Gurung loved “Great Expectations” growingup, and for this show he wanted to portray “the precursorcharacteristics” that led the tragic-batty Miss H. to “unravel in such acrazy way.” Translation: a current of eccentricity, that infusedGurung’s polished lady fare with a newfound youth and modernity. Itshowed up in shocks of color — a vermilion blouse over tight fuchsiapants — and in the air of pretty dishabille with which the clothes wereworn; for example, the sleeve of a rumpled silk party dress falling offof Karlie Kloss’s shoulder.
This sense of his character’sinvoluntary risk-taking (in fact, Gurung was in complete control)allowed the designer to unify a disparate array of looks — high-glam foxand chiffon; racy lacy pants; a harness over a froth of angelicfeathers — into a collection filled with personality. And if once ortwice he went too far, overall, it was a pleasure to view suchdistinctive, pretty clothes that will entice even ultra-proper types toindulge in a bit of chic unraveling.
“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