Friends & Associates, the new contemporary collection by Matthew Edelstein, began with a simple idea: “I wear a uniform everyday, a T-shirt and jeans,” said Edelstein. “Why shouldn’t girls be able to do uniform dressing the same way a man can?” It’s a concept that Edelstein said has been percolating for years over the course of a long career in styling and with fashion magazines that began with his first job assisting Michel Botbol, former fashion director at W magazine, in the Nineties. “The real story is you never have time to do two full-time careers,” said Edelstein, but in January he found time to put Friends & Associates into production. He decided to launch for resort as a way to “cut through the clutter” that gluts the schedule during the spring and fall seasons.
Aesthetically, the collection bears major ties to the concept of uniforms, whether military, athletic or labor in a fresh, inventive way. Made from lightweight Japanese cotton (all produced in New York), the separates are inspired by judo pants, pleated cheerleading skirts, sailor tops and plain, square-cut T-shirts that look like cropped ER scrubs. There are also sundresses, wrap dresses and shirtdresses. Prices range from $150 to $350 at retail. (Stores are yet unconfirmed but an e-commerce site friendshop.us is planned to launch Nov. 1.) Colors span the rainbow, with several styles bearing outsize polka dots or patch pockets done in a contrasting tone. Worn alone, they’re simple basics, but they can be layered up for a real fashion look that reflects Edelstein’s styling experience. “It’s for different people who want to interpret their own style,” said Edelstein. “I always want the collection to have some fashion influence, but it’s about style, not fashion.”
“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