At Dolce Vita, the sweet life must be accompanied by a cute cocktail dress.Six years after introducing its distinctively edgy shoes worn by celebrities such as Jessica Simpson and Lindsay Lohan, the New York-based company plans to offer flirty floral minidresses and tiered silk slipdresses that pop in hot pink and other looks that will wholesale between $95 and $130.The new spring styles represent the next stage in Dolce Vita's diversification into apparel, which began with last year's inaugural lineup of shirtdresses and other simple silhouettes accentuated with pleats. For spring, Dolce Vita will incorporate floral prints, bold spring colors, silks and linens in some 75 styles."We were getting a lot of requests for clothing and want to create a global brand," said Kristy Eko, director of retail clothing. The footwear is sold at Nordstrom, Shopbop.com and Anthropologie, among other retailers.Dolce Vita isn't the first shoe purveyor to look beyond feet for its designs. New York's Steve Madden Ltd. entered the frock frenzy last spring with a dress line. Dolce Vita plans to test the new looks in its three stores in New York, Los Angeles and Santa Monica, Calif. Retailers that have picked up the dress line include American Rag Cie and Urban Outfitters. The line is being shown in New York at 156 Ludlow Street.First-year wholesale volume of the dress line is estimated at $2 million.Like the shoes, Dolce Vita's dresses are intended to embody what Eko described as "subversive elegance." For instance, designer Anna McCraney draped cotton, linen and silk gabardine in vibrant hues such as fuchsia and electric blue."Our customer is slightly on the alternative side but she is classy, elegant and trendy," Eko said.
“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