12 January 2012
I’m probably not skinny, tall or cool enough to wear Alaia’s designs, but I don’t care- I do anyway. In Alaia I feel confident and sexy. They are easy to wear and move in. Timeless in design, they give your body shape and the fabrics are absolutely stunning.
I also admire Alaia’s complete disregard for people’s opinions. He recently said about Anna Wintour: “She runs the business very well, but not the fashion side. When I see how she is dressed, I don’t believe in her tastes one second. Anyway, who will remember Anna Wintour in the history of fashion? No one.” This is because Wintour left Alaia out in the ‘Model as Muse’ exhibition at the Costume Institute in 2009. Obviously no one has told him to let it go!
He also takes on Karl Lagerfeld, saying this:”I don’t like his fashion, his spirit, his attitude. It’s too much caricature. Karl Lagerfeld never touched a pair of scissors in his life.” I don’t know what Karl did but I have to admit I disagree with this one. I do think Karl is a bit of an artist ( a populist artist, however, not like the more edgy Alaia).
On my exhibition calender this year, Alaia’s exhibition at the Groninger Museum in The Netherlands. Following on with their previous Alaia show in 1998, the exhibition looks at his work since then and his role as one of the last true couturiers.
Azzedine Alaïa in the 21st Century
9711 ME Groningen
11 December 2011 to 6 May 2012
Also if you are in paris…you can stay in Alaia’s own apartment, next to his atelier in Rue de Moussy, full of designer furniture- a trip through the 20th century! The 1,100 sq ft apartments start from around 450 euros per night. you can email