“I had this kind of bubbly rear end, and for his clothes it worked.” The famous posterior led to a lifelong friendship with the brilliant and eccentric Azzedine Alaïa, who took wild child Stephanie Seymour under his wing. He saw her through the tumultuous spurts of a young heart – a married man 25 years her senior, rock stars, movie stars and an infamous ring of roses tattoo. “Papa” finally walked her down the aisle to a life of suburban domesticity alongside paper industry magnate Peter Brant. In recent years, the couple’s oldest sons have subsumed themselves into society’s glossy posy, citing their mother’s collaborations with Richard Avedon as inspiration for their passion for fashion. Seymour was a favorite of the renowned photographer, and in truth, she worked fearlessly for his distinct style of action and liveliness (see the 1995 shot of her falling like a marionette). To the dynamic, frenzied click of Avedon’s lens, Ten Lords-A-Leaping.
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