Who: Assisi, Italy-born, Milan-based Vivì Ponti launched Vivetta, her own collection in 2008, and won Fresh Lounge’s Who’s Next contest in Paris the same year. With her platinum-blonde pixy cut, rounded glasses and Sixties-inspired look, the designer perfectly reflects the essence of her ready-to-wear line, which is an infusion of a playful, fairylike femininity.
Ponti’s signature retro style is evident in coats, dresses, blouses and skirts, all featuring simple shapes and embellished with ironic and funny details for a romantic yet surreal effect. She has one rule: No pants.
“I have never worn a pair of jeans in my life,” she underlined.
What: For the fall collection, Ponti focused on dresses. There are several eccentric styles, including a bustier model with a voluminous organza underskirt, as well as more commercial looks, such as midcalf crepe wool or alpaca shift dresses with leopard fake fur cuffs and collar. The soft palette includes powder pink, baby blue and cream, which are combined in striped blouses. Retail prices range from 70 euros, or $95 at current exchange, for a knitted dress to 120 euros, or $163, for a coat with fake fur details.
Where: Vivetta will show at the Mi Milano Prêt-à-Porter fair, Feb. 25 to 28.
Who: Jewelry brand Vernissage was founded in 2007 by Ilenia Corti, in collaboration with Matteo Mena. The line is completely handcrafted in Valenza, Italy, by artisans from Corti’s family business, a fine art jewelry company called Santagostino. It comprises unique pieces that are reproducible but never identical.
“To show the hidden core of the jewel, we highlighted its skeleton through a filigree of twisted gold,” Corti explained.
Each collection acts as a chapter of a dreamy fairy tale presented in unusual ways, such as through the photography of Sarah Moon or through Super 8 videos created by the designer.
Earrings, rings and pendants decorated with nature-inspired elements such as moths, bees and leaves, among others, come in oxidized and burnished gold paired with precious gems, or in a more affordable silver variant.
Vernissage is sold in prestigious stores worldwide, including Barneys New York in New York and Selfridges in London.
What: “The main inspiration for the new collection is fauna decay, in terms of how men rage against nature,” Corti explained. Burnished silver whistles refer to haunting, and a silver and gold ring, embellished with rubies and red enamel, features the image of a fawn trapped in a snare. The recent phenomenon of blackbirds falling dead in Arkansas also finds a place in the collection. Retail prices start from around 250 euros, or $340.
Where: Corti and Mena will present their new collection at the Mi Milano Prêt-à-Porter trade show.
“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