Sabine le Chatelier, deputy fashion director of Première Vision, presented several key themes she felt will be important for spring 2014 fabrics, including:
• Material Intensity: Textured jacquards, updated raffia and tweeds, crude embroideries and rustic fleece representing “raw luxury,” and “magnified minerals” represented by sandy shades and muted pastels, knit or woven crepes, spongy textures and blurry prints, discreet washings and seersuckers, stone motifs and mineral embroideries an appliques, and stone and wood buttons and trims.
• Voluptuous Mutations: Mixed materials such as lace and neoprene, silk and plastic, coatings on casual linen and cotton, sparkling tweeds and wools, along with coated plasticized laces, embroideries lacquered looks and mother-of-pearl buttons.
• Energetic Constructions: Layered translucency, gauzes, organzas and voile knits mixed with hollow geometrics, open-working, perforated knits, quilted and embossed looks, honeycombs and glass buttons and transparent zippers, all for an “airy, futuristic and weightless mood.” A “sharpened fineness” is achieved with crisp linens, cotton and polyamide opaques, and mini checks and houndstooths. RELATED STORY: N.Y. Shows Explore Trade's New World >>
“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