Tommy Bahama has decked out captain Roy P. Disney and his Pyewacket crew for this year’s Transpac Yacht Race. The Los Angeles-to-Honolulu pursuit covers 2,225 nautical miles with 58 teams competing in nine divisions.
Disney will be at the helm of an Anderson 68’ racing boat stamped with the Tommy Bahama logo on the flag, mast and spinnaker. Disney (whose grandfather Roy started the Walt Disney Co. with his brother Walt) comes from a long line of Transpac winners. This year marks his 20th Transpac, but it is the first time he is racing his own boat. The Pyewacket-ers will cross the finish line in the brand’s “aloha” shirts. Tommy Bahama staffers will welcome them with a party. The team is expected to finish Friday.
Disney said the association with Tommy Bahama was apropos since “that’s the lifestyle we are racing to as we head to Hawaii.”
He and his nine-person crew are wearing an exclusive Transpac collection inspired by the brand’s high-performance Paradise Tech offerings suitable for sailing, beach-going or more ordinary outings. With retail prices ranging from $78 to $148, the sportswear includes the Sun Tech long-sleeve T-shirt, which has UV-protecting fabrics, Hybrid swim trunks made of a quick-dry fabric, and the Antigua Half-Zip sweatshirt, which combines fashion and function. A limited-edition Downwind to Paradise Camp shirt is also available for sailors and landlubbers alike.
The winning monohull competitor will take home the Merlin Trophy, and if a record is broken, they will also win the Transpac Honolulu Race Elapsed Time Trophy, a.k.a. the Clock Trophy, which Disney donated and won in 1997 and in 1999. Founded in 1906, the race is famous for fast downwind sailing under spinnaker in the trade winds.
“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
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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